Numerous Hollywood actors and executives have vowed they won’t participate in TV and film projects shot in Georgia due to the state’s recent legislation criminalizing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected — typically about six weeks after conception, before many women even realize they’re pregnant.

Writer-actor-director-producer Tyler Perry, however, is in the midst of opening a massive new studio complex in Atlanta, and he spoke with Associated Press on Friday to explain why he’s choosing not to boycott the state.

“Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land,” he told AP, via The Hollywood Reporter .”So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

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In addition, he cited the financial impact. “Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio,” he added. “So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can’t just up and leave.”

Perry, noted AP, is moving forward with a star-studded grand opening for the studio next weekend.

Dozens of stars have called for a boycott — including Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore and Mark Hamill — while Disney CEO Bob Iger indicated the company wouldn’t film upcoming projects there. Other fallout from the bill has included Tiffany Haddish cancelling an Atlanta  comedy show in the state and Kristen Wiig scrapping plans to film her upcoming comedy in the state.

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While Perry hasn’t publicly come out against the controversial law, his publicist told AP that he does not support it.

In fact, the “Madea on the Run” star believes that the people who work within the state’s film and TV industry could be a vital force in overturning the legislation by voting in the 2022 governor’s election.

“What I know about this industry is that there are 94,000-plus or 98,000 people who are in this industry and who are benefiting from it greatly,” he explained. “And that’s a lot of votes. I’m in a wait-and-see moment right now. But that’s a lot of votes. That’s a lot of votes that can determine an election.”