I sat down on Thursday with Marlon Wayans, the youngest sibling of the talented Wayans family and the brainchild behind the highly successful film "A Haunted House," which was made for approximately two million dollars and grossed over 59 million dollars worldwide in 2013. Wayans was in town to promote the sequel "A Haunted House 2," and he was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his success, family, and comedy style.
When asked if the success of the first film had changed the dynamic in his family, with respect to how much and how often advice is dispensed by his older siblings, Marlon joked, “Oh, hell no, now they give me double advice! Now they've got to prove me wrong!” He further stated that his sister, Kim, pulled him to the side at the premiere of the first film and told him about some of the edgier scenes, in particular the sex with the stuffed animal scene. “I said Kim this is my generation, and they’re going to laugh at this. It’s the YouTube generation, and I’m talking to that generation of kids. My sister came up in a different era, Keenan and Damon came up in the 60’s and 70’s, and I came up in the 80’s. So it was more about the fun.”
Acknowledging how differing experiences shaped each sibling's respective comedy style, Wayans noted, “I missed some of the struggle. It was still a struggle but different. I don’t know what it’s like to go to certain places in the South and my life be in danger. And I look at my kids and they don’t have a care in the world. My son is twelve, my daughter is fourteen. They go to a (diverse) private school, with a lot of white kids and Asian kids. They have never been called a (n-word) except by me! And I think that’s pretty impressive.” Expounding further on the progression that he notices with his kids, Wayans stated “My daughter’s so colorless, she doesn't want to see movies but would rather read the book. She says the things that she imagines are way better than any movie anybody could produce.”
Further elaborating on his style he shared, “For me I know it’s okay to be different. My family, we all have a certain flavor. Mine is a spicy crispy. You may like it, or you may not because it may burn your mouth, but it’s me and I have to express me.”
Wayans is in the middle of a multi-city press tour before the movie’s nationwide opening on Friday, April 18. To get updates on Marlon Wayans and “A Haunted House 2,” go to his official community Facebook page here.