*Marlon Wayans must’ve been drunk like a mofo Monday night when he totally let it all hang out.
He went in on Kevin Hart and revealed his thoughts about “Scary Movie 5.”
When asked about Kevin’s DUI, he simply blamed it on his height.
“Yeah, that motherf*cker is always drunk. Good for his little *ss. You know the thing about Kev? He didn’t drink much. All he had was the sip, but see that sip, the normal person who would have had a sip, they wouldn’t have been drunk. It would have been .0001, but Kevin, he’s like this big [gestures with his hand], he’s the size of a penis. So when you’re that little, one sip, I don’t think he was drunk. I just think he had a sip.”
Hilarious. It can be totally hilarious when people become intoxicated.
He also totally ripped “Scary Movie 5” saying it was a total flop.
Walking out of Chateau Marmount, TMZ asked the actor if he’d seen the movie.
His response: “Has anybody?”
Marlon has a bit of a grudge against the franchise since being pushed off the crew. So he went on to write and produce “A Haunted House,” which came out in January.
Interestingly enough, “Scary Movie” made $15 million over the weekend, while Marlon’s production made $18M. But, Marlon’s enemy franchise cost $30M to make while his only cost $3M.
*“This was my 3rd collaboration with Marlon. The first time we worked together was in ’95 on “The Wayans Brothers” show. And we worked together in the movie “Dance Flick,” says Essence Atkins as we sit together in her hotel room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Although she has been doing interviews all day long (its about 3:30p.m. now), she is the picture of sheer perfection. Her makeup is immaculate, and her hair…well, suffice it to say that not a strand is out of place. She is a petite little thing; wearing a lovely white pantsuit, with a black top, and her spirit is undeniably warm.
“And when they called, literally, my son was 22 days old…And I was like, ‘Marlon wants to meet with me…but I was curious and I couldn’t say no,” she continues to describe how she became involved with the film, “A Haunted House” with Marlon Wayans. So I went and I had a meeting with them about this movie. We talked, we worked on it, and we had this great meeting and I left and I was like, oh that was fun. Then two weeks later I get this phone call and they were like, “We saw a lot of people and we really want you to do it but are you post-partum? (Laughs). We know you just had a baby, are you going to bust a stitch?
Essence says her son was 6 weeks and one day old when they started shooting the film. When asked about the challenges, she did not deny there were some. Although she had four stunt doubles, she did a lot of the stunts in this physically challenging role, herself. There is a crazy shot of her crawling up the wall—ala “The Exorcist”—and the scene is not done by a stunt double. Its pure Essence; as is the crazy banister scene, while Marlon is busy with his headphones on.
“They made sure I was safe. They took good care of me. We had a great stunt coordinator who just made sure everything was OK; and tried everything out really slowly, and had patience and was very genteel with me. But it made me feel invincible. I felt like I could do anything. I don’t know if going through 40 hours of labor does that to a person, but I think that may have been a byproduct of just having had a kid.”
Fans may not necessarily equate Essence Atkins with a sistuh-type. We know she is African American, but many may not have thought of her as someone who would tackle a roll such as this one – in a Marlon Wayans film. She speaks on this,
“That’s one of the misnomers I think that I dispel whenever I’m given an opportunity because there is so much more than we give ourselves credit for. There is a deeper experience to the Black experience than just singular and just because someone can coordinate their verbs and nouns in the proper context doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have a lil’ hood or a lil’ edge and can’t connect with that other element.
As the actor reflects on her character in the movie “Dance Flick” she says many people don’t even realize that it is her because the character has a really rough edge.
“I changed my voice, I changed my look. I like to facilitate the character,” she says.
Extremely proud of a compliment given to her by co-star and executive producer, Marlon Wayans, Essence says.
“He said I am so good at comedy because I lack a vanity that gets in the way; that most women have about themselves…I really enjoy kind of abandoning that self consciousness and really going, ‘does it facilitate the joke, does it facilitate the story, does it make sense’ and if it does, game on!” Here, Essence speaks of how it was working with “A Haunted House Director, Michael Tiddes, “I’ve worked with Michael [before] as well, on ‘Dance Flick,’ and Rick [Alvarez, Co-writer]. Again, it was like a reunion for us to be in the same room together, a collaborative. And what they give you to do is to use the script as a blueprint and just kind of jump off from there and… so it’s a great thing when you have that trust from your director, from your producer and the writer; who just kind of say that the reason we hired you was because we thought that you could service our interpretation, but we also thought you could add to it, that you could supplement it. And that is just such a great platform from which you can work. You’re like, ‘oh wow, great, you’re gonna let me freestyle on this’? (I high-five her on this one!)
When asked if she prefers TV or film, Essence had this to say, though it didn’t necessarily appear to be an easy answer, she is squirming a little bit.
“Now, I really enjoy both. TV is probably my home, you know. Films are the vacation. It’s like, ‘oh, I want to go to a tropical destination for a couple of weeks, or a month, or two, or four; and then I’m gonna part ways and release it. But with TV it really feels like the home life, you know. That’s the day-to-day ; the same people, the same crew, the same destination, the same family, and the same writers; so it becomes way more familiar, like home.”
She says that what makes acting in a film vs. TV different is this,
“In a film, you’re acting for say ninety minutes or 120 minutes; whereas TV, you have the chance to evolve; your character has the chance to evolve over a long period of time so, where I started as Dee Dee on “Half N Half” is not anywhere to where she ended up 91 episodes later. You know when she started she was a law student. She was very selfish and she was kind of very disconnected to the spirit of her sister, which is what she wanted to move into the same building [for] to have a relationship with [her]. But she’s very disconnected to how insensitive her life and how spoiled her life had made her. By episode 91 it was a very different person. She had graduated law school; she had encountered failure as a lawyer, she had, you know, not been employed for a while and had to budget ; she had this whole time of living life under the same roof of her sister and getting to know Mona and her battles and insecurities, and all of that. And I think that that Dee Dee in episode 91 was very different than the one that was in the pilot; so that’s the thing that can happen. But again, its prolonged for days, and months, and years if you get a good show and its allowed to mature in a much kind of slower process. Doing a movie is just like (snaps figures here to emphasize ‘fast’)…it’s a lot…the detail is much more specific because you have more time, but at the same time the process (snaps fingers again) is more expedited.
Essence is such a lovely, thoughtful woman. It was a real joy speaking with her. EURweb wishes to congratulate her and her husband on the birth of their baby.
*Over the years many of us have come to know and love the genius that is the Wayans family. In Living Color the Emmy Award Winning comedy sketch series that introduced audiences to the family members, alerted us to their talent in writing, producing, directing and acting. Now, Marlon Wayans, the youngest sibling, delivers A Haunted House, an off the beaten path, often raunchy, but undeniably funny film that spoofs and takes aim at the found footage horror phenomenon and paranormal activity. Think Exorcist.
Here’s the deal: Malcolm (Wayans) has been videotaping himself at home, talking to the camera, and inviting the viewers in on all of his everyday weirdness. After he takes the plunge and invites his girlfriend Keisha (Essence Atkins) to move in with him, he learns this girl is bringing more to the home than her luggage. A demon has moved in with them!
Of course, this realization takes time to unfold; but in the meantime we meet a cast of characters that we can only assume Marlon Wayans and co-writer/co-producer Rick Alvarez utilized mood enhancers to create. “Dan the Security Man” (David Koechner), “Chip the Psychic” (Nick Swardson), and even Cedric The Entertainer as “Father Williams” and “the swingers” couple are funny in spurts, but at times, they are so corny they are actually somewhat painful to watch.
One really funny scene happens when “the bandana-wearing cousins” come in. So acutely stereotypical, but then again it works, and this is what makes them hysterical. You’ll howl with laughter when one of them asks, “Hey cuz, where yo furniture go?” BAM!
Cedric The Entertainer seems to be having the time of his life in this role.
Stupid, but priceless.
Now, I’ll admit, some of the stunts pulled in this movie are really bad. Hokey bad. And the thing with these kind of films is, there is no real “acting” per se involved, just “being” you know, so Marlon, with his close-ups on video-cam, comic asides, and even the super-naughty bedroom scene where he is waiting for Keisha to get into something more comfy for bed on her first night there—you’ll know it, there’s a teddy bear or something involved—he seems like he’s ‘being’… well… Marlon. But nevertheless, the character’s name is Malcolm.
On the other hand, Essence Atkins, who African Americans don’t automatically relate to as the type of person she portrays in the film, more ‘hood’ if you know what I mean, can be seen as playing more of a character, and she’s really good. I mean, you can see that this girl is challenging herself.
With all of this said, A HAUNTED HOUSE is definitely worth seeing. It’s an overall enjoyable movie and you will, at times, find yourself laughing out loud; caught up in the silliness of this particular Wayans magic. But a word of advice, don’t you dare take the kids!
Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment presents ‘A Haunted House’ directed by Mike Tiddes, written by Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez. The film opens nationwide on January 11, 2013.