I wanted to post this letter from Tyler thanking all of his fans. Go to his website and comment on his message board!
Hello, hello, hello!
Before I get into this I just want you to know that this one may be a
little long. (smile)
These last two weeks I have been on a promotional tour for MARRIED. 9
states, 25 private screenings, several TV and radio appearances; all in
about 12 days! And let me tell you--it has taken a toll.
- I have been told that since I'm not in a dress this movie wouldn't
- I have been called a racist (among other things) because there are no
other races represented in this film (that's not something that I ever
think about...I just want to tell a good story).
- I have been lied to, tricked, deceived.
There was one reporter, who I was told was coming from New York to do a
favorable piece. She sat in my office and smiled and asked me all
of questions. When the article came out it was all out of context and
about how my movies are the worst thing that have ever happened to
people and that I am doing nothing but modern day step-and-fetch it,
that I'm just trying to get rich. I was shocked and quite upset by the
trickery. Not only by her but also the things that were said about this
movie in print were so awful. Several Hollywood trades didn't even
that MARRIED was a contender for number one. They thought that the
one would be George Clooney's movie or Mark Walbrurg's movie.
Now I had never ever read any of this stuff in the past, but for some
reason I felt lead to read it this time. The venom and disdain for
do was apparent. And speaking of venom, what they did to Janet was
unacceptable. Janet, who was under no obligation at all to promote
movie, sat with me while I was doing a round of TV interviews. Half
through the three hours of sitting in the same spot she was attacked by
reporter on a Sacramento morning show who only wanted to talk about the
Super Bowl incident.
Now, I made it perfectly clear before we went live on the air that I
wasn't talking about the Super Bowl or Janet's family. We had less than
minuets so I wanted to keep it positive and focus on the movie. But he
didn't want to keep it positive. I had to maintain my composure because
were live on the air. I didn't let her speak. I kept jumping in because
was just so unfair to her. I have not seen Justin Timberlake attacked
that. I wasn't going to let them do that to her. Believe me when I tell
you--Janet worked so hard on this film. She deserved more respect from
this man than that! We both did.
In the mist of all of this I was fighting trying to get more screens
because every other movie that opens with a track record like mine have
not had to deal with fighting for screens. Most of the movies of my
counterparts open on at least 3,000 screens. MARRIED was given 2,000.
Needless to say I was exhausted and mentally drained. So, by this time
was last Thursday and I just had no more to give. So, when I started to
write that email (about the movie and for you to please check your
and so on) all that I could think was, "Tyler don't let these people
you down. As a matter of fact, speak a word of encouragement to the
that have been there for you and let that be that!"
Every time I'm overwhelmed by negative I just have to remember how good
God has been to me. And as I was thinking about all of this all I
hear was LIVE YOUR DREAM BOY! LIVE YOUR DREAM!!
I wrote to you about dreams because I was just in a place of realizing
that I had done all that I could do and the movie was in God's hands,
just wanted to encourage somebody. After I sent that email to you I was
reading your responses on the message board and, well, you don't know
you did for me. Here I was thinking that I was encouraging you and then
you turned around and encouraged me! That's why I thank God for you and
But little did I know how much more was to come...Jesus!!!
So, now cut to Friday. . .Dear GOD!!!
I decided to go to the movie and just relax. I was trying to buy
online so I tried the 7 o'clock show. It was sold out. I then tried the
It was sold out. Then the 9. It, too, was sold out! So I thought, "I
to call the theater. Maybe they'll save me a seat since I know some of
the folks that are in this movie." (smile)
After the movie started I was brought into the back of the theater, and
sooner than I sat down I realized why I was having such a battle. I
realized why there was such an attack. As I looked at the faces of the
people in this theater laughing and crying I got it. I got it! I had a
feeling that this movie was special, but I didn't know how special. I
could literally see husbands and wives coming together. I could see
letting go of past hurts. And I could feel forgiveness in the air. I
enjoyed watching your faces while you watched the movie. Between the
in my eyes and the watching of your faces I didn't get see much of the
And then I got home and went to the message board and you all confirmed
words all that I was feeling in that theater. So, with all of that
want to say to you, thank you. Thank you for crowding into those
Thank for dealing with the headaches. Thank you for fighting your way
across town. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for the number one
You did that and believe me--all of the ones that I mentioned at the
of this email are shaking their heads wondering why their weapons
P.S. I guess Judah will have to find a loving family somewhere else....
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