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.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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