WASHINGTON He made us laugh in Scary Movie and squirm in Requiem for a Dream.
Now, Marlon Wayans debuts his Netflix original movie Naked, which began streaming over the weekend, and his new NBC sitcom Marlon, which premieres on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
You can watch Naked naked, Wayans joked with WTOP. It depends who youre with. If youve got a little date, youve got your girlfriend over, come on! Cant do that at the movies!
Wayans stars as Rob Anderson, an anxious groom whos ill-prepared for his wedding. The night before the big day, Rob hits the town to grab some drinks, beginning a fantasy timeloop.
He wakes up the next day butt naked in an elevator and he has no idea how he got there, Wayans explained. Hes late for his wedding, and when he gets to his wedding, if he doesnt have the right suit, the right vows and the right ring, he starts back over in the elevator and repeats the same hour over and over again until he gives his woman the proper wedding.
The comedy premise is a unique mix of Groundhog Day (1993) and The Hangover (2009).
Its kind of a combination, but its its own movie and it stands alone, Wayans said. A lot of times, when people try to redo a movie or redo a premise, its too close to the premise. With this one, what I love about it is it takes you to a way different place, the discovery and exploration is different, the story is different. Its a really sweet movie but really funny.
The film reunites Wayans with Regina Hall, who co-starred in Scary Movie, and Michael Tiddes, who directed him in the spoofs A Haunted House and Fifty Shades of Black.
I love working with old friends because we get a good chemistry, Wayans said. We all have a trust. Mike knows that as a performer I go to crazy places, so he knows to get me on a wide angle. Regina is always awesome. Shes really sweet in the movie and did a great job as the leading actress. She really held down the romance and emotion and shes funny as well.
However, he maintains a playful beef with Hall over her prior interaction with his brother.
She kissed Shawn in Scary Movie, and I think I still tasted him when I kissed her, he joked.
No matter, Scary Movie was a box office smash, made for just $19 million but grossing $278 million to become a Top 10 grosserof 2000. The comedy connected with audiences not only because it was hilarious, but also because it was a postmodern roast of 1990s slasher flicks.
We saw Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, there was a bunch of slasher movies that came out, Wayans said. They all started to feel like the same movie with the same characters. We just thought that, Yo, this could be fun. Im glad we did. It was a classic.
Now, he attempts to makes us laugh again with hisnew NBC sitcom Marlon, in which he plays a loving but immature father co-parenting with his responsible ex-wife (Essence Atkins).
Its basically my life, an inappropriate divorced father trying to keep his family together amid divorce, Wayans said. Just because your family is broken up, doesnt mean its over. Its an aspirational show with a different type of TV dad and with different type of TV family.
While the divorce offers family elements, the comedy comes from Wayans playing a big kid.
Thats me in real life, Wayans said. As a father, I am very embarrassing. I go to graduations and start screaming, I told you she wasnt stupid! I told you she was gonna be somebody!’
It marks Wayans return to television after the WB sitcom The Wayans Brothers (1995-99).
I feel like I never left, but in that little [period] that I was gone, I learned so much, Wayans said. When I was doing Wayans Brothers, it was all about the jokes. Now, its whats the story, then Im confident the jokes will come once we have a good story. I think Wayans Brothers was a fun show and I loved it but I think this ones a more mature take that was a very politically-correct answer so I dont get punched in the chest by my older brother.
Indeed, the brothers have become a reliable stable of comedy, from Keenen Ivory to Damon to Shawn to Marlon, inheriting the Mel Brooks mantle with the urban spoof Dont Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996). Still, their lasting legacy is In Living Color (1990-2001), launching Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey andJennifer Lopez.
Ahh, Damon, pick one, man Homey the Clown, Anton, Blaine, Handi-Man, the Head Detective, Damon was just a monster on that show, Wayans said. Keenen, I loved Frenchie and Arsenio, those two hurt me! The one that I played that I liked the most was Luther, the ugly man. He was Wandas date and he was actually uglier than him. I loved that scene.
Ironically, Marlons best role might not be a comedy at all, but rather Darren Aronofskys Requiem for a Dream (2000), a harrowing tale of drug addiction co-starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly all backed by an epic, chilling score by Clint Mansell.
They need to make that a drug PSA, Wayans said. That movie is so horrific, itll make you put weed down like, I need to get off this. I just think [Aronofsky] is a brilliant director, and I was really lucky to be a part of it. Im glad that my one dramatic departure I did with him.
Can we expect similar departures in the future?
Im glad we did parody, but I quit now, Wayans announced, signaling a shift from spoof comedies to more original content. Im done with parody and Im just doing regular movies.
With outlets like Netflix and NBC, bring on the original content, Marlon. We cant wait.
Netflixs Naked is now streaming. NBCs Marlonairs Wednesday. Listen to our full chat below:
Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.
2017 WTOP. All Rights Reserved.
- Scary Movie - Everything2.com - December 3rd, 2018
- Scary Movie (1/12) Movie CLIP - Femme Fatality (2000) HD - November 28th, 2018
- Horror movies: What was the first scary movie you saw ... - October 29th, 2018
- The 35 Scariest Movies of All Time | Reader's Digest - October 15th, 2018
- Amazon.com: Scary Movie 4: Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Craig ... - September 26th, 2018
- Scary Movie 3 (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes - September 24th, 2018
- Amazon.com: Scary Movie [Blu-ray]: Anna Faris, Jon ... - September 14th, 2018
- Scary Movie 3 - Wikipedia - August 23rd, 2018
- Scary Movie Movie Review - Common Sense Media - August 22nd, 2018
- Scary Movie 3 (11/11) Movie CLIP - Down the Well (2003) HD ... - August 19th, 2018
- The Best Horror Movies of 2017 (So Far) - Vulture - August 1st, 2018
- Scary Movie 2 (2001) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb - July 28th, 2018
- Scary Movie (2000) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb - June 22nd, 2018
- Scary Movie 4 (2006) - IMDb - June 19th, 2018
- Scary Movie (2000) - IMDb - June 18th, 2018
- Bafana: A horror movie where nobody survives - Sport24 - September 7th, 2017
- Here's Why You Should Be Watching A Scary Movie During Your Next Workout - Elite Daily - September 7th, 2017
- 'It' May Be Scary, but Nothing Beats Your Childhood Fears - The Ringer (blog) - September 7th, 2017
- Tennessee teen has starring role in upcoming horror movie 'It' - WBIR-TV - September 6th, 2017
- It: a superb Stephen King adaptation fueled less by scary clowns than by real-life evil - Vox - September 6th, 2017
- 17 Horror Movie Remakes That You Should Actually Watch - Vulture - September 6th, 2017
- How Get Out Inspired a New College Course on Racism and Horror - Gizmodo - September 6th, 2017
- Scary 'It' does Stephen King largely by the book: movie review - New York Daily News - September 6th, 2017
- 'IT' Movie Reactions Are Scary Good - Uproxx - UPROXX - September 6th, 2017
- An Expert Explains Why You're Scared of Creepy Clowns and Other Horror Tropes - Slate Magazine (blog) - September 6th, 2017
- Syfy - Horror Movie Magic: The practical effects behind the grossest ... - SYFY WIRE (blog) - September 6th, 2017
- Don't let 'killer crown' craze return just because scary movie IT reaches cinemas this week - Gloucestershire Live - September 6th, 2017
- Kill Me Please is a dazzling teen nightmare, and the first great horror film of fall - The Verge - September 6th, 2017
- 10 Awesome Horror Movie Deleted Scenes You Won't Believe Were Cut - WhatCulture - September 6th, 2017
- How American Horror Story: Cult Handled Election Night 2016 in Its First 7 Minutes - Vulture - September 6th, 2017
- Tobe Hooper: How the director created horror's ultimate serial killer - The Independent - September 5th, 2017
- Scary stuff: Bloomington studio creates official 'It' movie poster - Bloomington Pantagraph - September 3rd, 2017
- IT Filmmakers on Adapting Stephen King, Delivering a Scary Pennywise and Earning Their R Rating - IGN Africa - September 3rd, 2017
- HELLRAISER Gets Mondo Soundtrack and Poster Release for 30th Anniversary - Nerdist - September 3rd, 2017
- IT Filmmakers on Adapting Stephen King, Delivering a Scary Pennywise and Earning Their R Rating - IGN - September 2nd, 2017
- IT movie: The TERRIFYING reason the original Pennywise star QUIT new film - Express.co.uk - September 2nd, 2017
- 'It was wonderfully scary': Tim Curry, Rob Reiner and Kathy Bates on the joy of adapting Stephen King - The Guardian - September 1st, 2017
- Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns' - The Register - August 31st, 2017
- Stephen King's IT Poised to Be One Heck of a Scary Movie - TVOvermind - August 31st, 2017
- PG-13 Horror Movies That Prove You Don't Need an R-Rating to Be Creepy AF - Collider.com - August 31st, 2017
- How the Original It Miniseries Traumatized a Generation of Kids - Vanity Fair - August 31st, 2017
- The Hollywood Tastemaker You've Never Heard Of - Vanity Fair - August 31st, 2017
- Screenwriter Gary Dauberman is the new 'It' man - The Ottawa Herald - August 31st, 2017
- The Unpopular Opinion: 'Dead Silence' is One of James Wan's Best Movies - /FILM - August 31st, 2017
- Horror movie season in full swing in Sept. - Graffiti - August 30th, 2017
- Defining IU's breakthrough - South Bend Tribune - August 30th, 2017
- "Scary as sh*t" - the first It movie reactions are in and it's good news for King fans - GamesRadar - August 29th, 2017
- 'It' Clips Show Off Pennywise the Clown, Terrified Children, Etc. - /FILM - August 29th, 2017
- WAMG Giveaway Win the LIFETIME SCARY MOVIE SET From Lionsgate - We Are Movie Geeks - August 28th, 2017
- Ne Obliviscaris' Xenoyr On His Top 10 Epic Horror Films - Dread Central - August 28th, 2017
- In 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre,' Sympathy for the Devil - New York Times - August 28th, 2017
- Annabelle: Creation - This is the REAL story behind the incredible film scaring people across Essex - Essex Live - August 28th, 2017
- Innocence lost: Stephen King's IT and the real-life horror of kids in Hollywood - The Guardian - August 28th, 2017
- Early reactions to It praise Stephen King film: 'Totally terrifying,' 'scary as sh--' - EW.com - August 28th, 2017
- Now they're really asking for It: film fuels scary obsession with Stephen King's 1986 novel - CBC.ca - August 28th, 2017
- Tobe Hooper, the horror filmmaker behind 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' is dead at 74 - Mashable - August 28th, 2017
- The First Reactions To It Are Scary Good - Gizmodo - August 26th, 2017
- EXCLUSIVE: Lakeith Stanfield Reflects on Breakout Year and 'Crown Heights' - 9NEWS.com - August 25th, 2017
- The Mist - Stephen King's adaptation oozes a familiarity in which old-school horror fans will be happy - review - Telegraph.co.uk - August 25th, 2017
- Schlock & Awe: PIECES is a Bananas and Baffling Chainsaw Massacre - Nerdist - August 24th, 2017
- Eli Roth Puts Horror Classics 'in a Blender' in Terrifying New Trailer for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights - PEOPLE.com - August 24th, 2017
- These Horror Movie Bath Bombs Are Terrifyingly Awesome - Simplemost - August 22nd, 2017
- James Van Der Beek's Daughter Has 'Great Taste' in Movies: Find Out Which (Scary!) Film She Loves Makes Him ... - PEOPLE.com - August 22nd, 2017
- The Horror Movie Jump Scare Actually Has a History - TVOvermind - August 19th, 2017
- 15 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now - Den of Geek US - August 19th, 2017
- 5 scary doll movies like Annabelle: Creation - The Indian Express - August 19th, 2017
- 'Scary Mother' Wins at Sarajevo Film Festival; Bosnia-Herzegovina Selects Oscar Entry - Variety - August 19th, 2017
- Scary Movie Bath Bombs Make the Perfect Halloween Soak | Brit + Co - Brit + Co - August 17th, 2017
- Top 10 Horror Movies You Need To Watch! - Instinct Magazine - August 17th, 2017
- 68 Kill Coming to Cinemapolis - ithaca.com - August 17th, 2017
- Annabelle: Creation movie review - Genuinely creepy; the best film in the Conjuring universe - Hindustan Times - August 17th, 2017
- 10 Things You Didn't Know about The Conjuring - TVOvermind - August 17th, 2017
- Five Easy Steps to Making a Better Horror Sequel - Vulture - August 17th, 2017
- Annabelle: Creation Movie Review: More Giggles Than Scary Screams - koimoi - August 16th, 2017
- 'Annabelle: Creation' is scary good - The Spokesman-Review - August 11th, 2017
- Marlon Wayans sees work in sitcom, movie as finally coming into his own - The Columbus Dispatch - August 11th, 2017
- 'Annabelle: Creation' is scary good - Washington Post - August 10th, 2017
- 'Annabelle: Creation' burns its hard work to the ground - CNET - August 9th, 2017
- Chris Pratt Shares A Heart-Breaking Message As He Announces Split From Scary Movie's Anna Faris - Capital FM - August 7th, 2017
- At This Horror Movie Sleepaway Camp, Nightmares Are the Ticket to a Dream Job - Thrillist - August 7th, 2017
Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero