Needless to say, there's no love lost between Marlon Wayans and the long-running "Scary Movie" franchise of which he was formerly a part.
"That movie looks so bad," said the writer/comedian, speaking in reference to the upcoming fifth installment of the lucrative horror-movie spoof series (Wayans co-wrote and starred in the first two films). "I can look at it and just go, 'mmm mmm mmm.' You got Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Heather Locklear...it's like an episode of 'Celebrity Rehab.' It's just...it's doing it wrong."
To make it clear, Wayans' prolonged rant about the star-driven sequel during my recent sit-down with him wasn't exactly unprompted - though it also frankly didn't take much to get him going.
"Congrats on beating 'Scary Movie 5' to theaters by about three months," I said at the very beginning of my chat with he and Essence Atkins, his co-star in this month's "rival" spoof film "A Haunted House."
Little did I realize the glorious torrent o' diss my statement would unleash.
"I know what I'm doing," he continued. "I've been doing this since I was five. You know, I've writen five funny comedies like this. There's a way to do it, and you can try to emulate what we do, but...celebrities aren't funny. Comedians are funny. Great actresses can be funny. Any time you populate your movie with just messes, it's just like, 'ok, if you wanna put Lindsay [Lohan] in a car and put a paparazzi there...ok, then you may get a laugh here or there. But Lindsay's not like, yo, she's...a hilarious comedian. No, there's an art to comedy."
To check out the rest of my very interesting chat with Wayans and Atkins - including a rundown by the former of his naked butt's extensive filmography - check out the full video above.
"A Haunted House" hits theaters this Friday.
1958 | Drama | NRSummary: The Hellcats are an all-female gang bent on bucking authority and terrorizing the schools by doing things like having a bad attitude toward their teachers and parents. When Joyce, a new student, moves into the neighborhood, she draws the attention of The Hellcats. Desperate for acceptance and unh...Director: Edward Bernds
Cast: Yvonne Fedderson, Brett Halsey, Jana Lund, Susanne Sidney
2008 | Documentary | NRSummary: Heartrending and unforgettable documentary that begins as a portrait of a murdered man meant for his son, and turns into something else entirely as the family's story plays out.Director: Kurt Kuenne
Cast: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby
1944 | Thriller | NRSummary: What more do you need for a film noir than a devious wife, an insurance agent who can’t stop thinking about her, and an unsuspecting husband?Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
2011 | Horror | NRSummary: A widower is tormented by his own problems, which turn into night terrors, but he begins to suspect that there could be some supernatural origin to what haunts him. Thomas Hedengran and Peter Stormare lead this haunting story inspired by Swedish folk tales.Director: Filip Tegstedt
Cast: Thomas Hedengran, Peter Stormare, Tintin Anderzon
1953 | Thriller | PG-13Summary: Four men are hired to transport wildly unstable nitroglycerin along dangerous roads in one of the most suspenseful films ever made.Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck
1952 | Musical | GSummary: Sound comes to the movies in this endlessly inventive and exuberant musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor.Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
2009 | Comedy | TV-MASummary: From booze to floozies, robots to rascals, every bit of spy movie schtick is lampooned in this riotously funny animated show which follows espionage contractor Mallory Archer, her super-spy son Sterling, and their only barely competent cohorts.Director: Adam Reed (creator)
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: A rogue businessman, a middle-aged designer and a hotshot young programmer conspire to build a computer to rival IBM's early dominance.Director: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis
2007 | Comedy | NRSummary: Wacky animated kids’ show about a "catbearrabbit" named Chowder (don’t think too hard about that one), a would-be chef with a big problem: he can’t resist food.Director: C.H. Greenblatt (creator)
Cast: Nicky Jones, Dwight Schultz, John DiMaggio
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