Flood the Drummer Interview: MARLON WAYANS - A Haunted House 2

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Marlon Wayans “Desperate for Laughs” 

in A Haunted House 2 

For Marlon Wayans, it's all jokes. He’s not trying to change the world, just your mood. 

 By Tinsel & Tine Blog Contributor: Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris

“All the Wayans have a certain flavor of comedy,” Marlon tells me, citing his blend as “a spicy crispy” that may “burn your mouth.” Marlon’s older sister Kim calls him “desperate” and he, without argument, would agree. “I will go to wild places to make people laugh. I don’t give a fuck; I just want to have fun.” Marlon points to the fact that he’s an 80’s baby and “missed some of the struggle” – such as not being able to travel down south without fear of losing your life – so for him it’s always been about the fun. Even looking at his own kids, who attend a mostly white private school, he says they don’t have a “care in the world” and the only time his children are called “nigga” is when he says it.

In the second installment of his A Haunted House franchise, Marlon’s use of the word nigga, moreover, his play on racial stereotypes, seem to accompany the plot from start to finish. He doesn't seem to expect criticism though, as his target is the “YouTube generation” and the stuff in this movie, he says “is nothing compared to what you can find on the web.” Although Marlon’s family might not be thrilled with the super-freaky sex scene that at one point shows a possessed doll tossing his salad, he assured me that millennials “are going to laugh at this.” But despite his desperation for laughter, Marlon warns he does have a limit and never intends to offend anyone. He shares that while he was shooting a scene with Cedric The Entertainer – who in the sequel revised his role as a gangsta priest – things got a little uncomfortable, so they edited a big chunk out and left only the funny parts. It really is all about the jokes for Marlon Wayans, who says he doesn't produce movies with the goal of making bundles of money. His success is defined by the moments spent laughing with his cast, crew and friends.

And although he lacks what the world may consider a progressive social commentary in his comedy, Marlon reiterates that his goal is not to “teach the babies,” but it’s to make people laugh, at any cost, and take the tension of off what we’re making tense, like race. For Marlon, comedy always comes from a place of truth, like a tongue-in-cheek line in the movie that says: “When are the republicans going to call Obama the 'N' word?” “When you see all the tension and all the stuff Obama is going through, I’m just thinking to myself why don’t y’all call him nigger already, it seems nothing he does they will approve of. In my movies if I have an opportunity to tell a joke that sticks some places, great we’ll do it, but I’m not trying to change the world, I’m just trying to change your mood.”

Retweeted by Marlon Wayans!

While You're Here Check Out Wayans on The Good Men Project

Marlon was so generous with his time that Chris was able to also interview him for the thought leadership segment for The Good Men Project (The Good Men Project is an effort to build and sustain a national discussion about being a good father, son, husband, partner, and worker in America today).

Check out A Haunted House 2 in theaters nationwide on April 18th.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, I’m Flood the Drummer® & I’m Drumming for JUSTICE!™ 

 About Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris A Philly Drummer playing a Global Beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.

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Note: Interviewed was conducted at The Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia to which Tinsel & Tine was invited to chat with Marlon Wayans. 

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