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.
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
1997 | Drama | RSummary: Matt Damon got his break as an MIT janitor who hides his mathematical brilliance, but is eventually guided by a therapist played beautifully by Robin Williams. Damon and Ben Affleck, who also appears, won an Oscar for their original screenplay.Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck
2012 | Comedy | PGSummary: The unlikely friendship between Ernest the bear and Celestine the mouse is brought to life with softly gorgeous animation.Director: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner
1996 | Comedy | RSummary: Wes Anderson's funny first film introduces Luke and Owen Wilson as two of three friends who attempt to pull off a robbery, and shows how good the director of Grand Budapest Hotel was right out of the gate.Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, James Caan
2014 | Animation | PGSummary: A young boy and his dog, who happens to have a genius-level IQ, spring into action when their time-travel machine is stolen and moments in history begin to be changed.Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney
2009 | Drama | GSummary: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
2004 | Documentary | NRSummary: This documentary uncovers a world most of us will never visit as it reveals the personalities, dreams, and strategies of competitive Scrabble players.Director: Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo
Cast: Joe Edley, Matt Graham, Marlon Hill
1989 | Adventure | GSummary: The story of two animals and their adventures. Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, are two animals who grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous, and often perilous quest finds the two animals traveling across mountains...Director: Masanori Hata
Cast: Dudley Moore, Kyôko Koizumi, Milo, Otis
2002 | Drama | RSummary: Adam Sandler is uncharacteristically serious, and particularly good in the story of a man prone to rage who finds himself in love with a surprising woman.Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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