Marlon Wayans has entertained audiences for years, mostly in comedies, but “A Haunted House” is one of the few comedies that he’s done that didn’t have any of his famous brothers as a co-star. “A Haunted House” spoofs many of the horror flicks that were hits in the 21st century, especially the “Paranormal Activity” movies, but there are also parts of “A Haunted House” that parody “The Last Exorcism,” “The Devil Inside,” as well as the reality TV series “Paranormal State.”
Wayans and his business partner Rick Alvarez wrote and produced “A Haunted House,” which tells the story of a couple named Malcolm (played by Wayans) and Kisha (played by Essence Atkins), who move in together while Malcolm documents on video their lives in the house. It isn’t long before strange things start happening in their house, so they enlist the help of a psychic (played by Nick Swardson), a clergyman (played by Cedric the Entertainer) and a bumbling “ghostbusters” team to try and solve the problems that are happening in the house.
“A Haunted House” was financed independently and made nearly $19 million (or more than twice its production budget) at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend, when it debuted at No. 2. Most critics may have hated “A Haunted House,” but because the movie was so profitable, there will most likely be a sequel. On Jan. 10, 2013, the day before “A Haunted House” opened in U.S. theaters, Wayans did a Q&A after an advance public screening of the movie in New York City. After the screening Q&A, he did a press conference at a nearby hotel. Just like in the movies that he writes, Wayans peppers a lot of his conversations with profanity and raunchy humor.
“A Haunted House” New York City Screening Q&A
You were in the first two “Scary Movie” films. Why did you want to do another comedy film that parodies horror movies?
There hasn’t been a really funny R-rated movie in a long time. I see the “Scary Movie” bullsh*t they’re about to put out. Y’all don’t understand. You can make chicken, but we’ve got the flavor. I’m not trippin’. I look at “Scary Movie 5” with Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan and Heather Locklear, and that sh*t looks like “Celebrity Rehab.” And in this movie, I tried to let everybody improvise. When you get a bunch of funny n***ers together, you’ve got to let it go.
How did you get through a scene without laughing?
That was the hardest part. I started to think about death, anal rape or getting my dick slammed in the door, thinking about my bills — you know, sh*t that will make you want to cry, like Obama not winning an election. And that’s how you do it. With Cedric [the Entertainer], we knew where to take it … But Nick Swardson was the hardest dude … He does this little laugh, and you have to stop yourself, because this n***ger’s laughing, so I’ve got to laugh.
What was it like working with Essence Atkins again?
She rocked. Essence did her thing. And what was hard was that she just had a baby about four weeks before we filmed. So when we were dragging her around the house, there was breast milk everywhere! Her titties were big too! I didn’t want to say it. I was like, “Damn, I wish I was a baby again!” I sound real creepy, but whatever.
Where would you rank “A Haunted House” for personal growth, out of all of the movies that you’ve done?
It’s just like my Michael Jackson “Off the Wall” album. This is the first time I really got to do me, without somebody going, “You’re going too far.” So I got to do the crazy sh*t in my head that my brothers would go, “You can’t do that! She can’t squirt, Marlon! She just can’t! Are you really going to get anal raped by a ghost? How are you really going to do this?”
It was just all the crazy sh*t in my head, and I got to make the decisions, along with my producing partner Rick Alvarez and Mike Tiddes, who directed it. We did it as a committee. And hopefully, it will be successful. And hopefully, it will be my “Off the Wall.” If not, it’s my Jermaine Jackson “Let’s Get Serious.”
Did any of your brothers ask to be in “A Haunted House”?
No, all of my brothers asked to be out of the film … I asked Damon, and Damon said, “Nuh-huh. That’s a little too crazy for me.” I said, “You did f*ckin’ Handi-Man. Are you serious?”
Shawn was game to do it, but there was really nothing for Shawn to do. Because when me and Shawn do a movie together, it’s like, “Come on, man, that’s your brother, no matter what role.”
I was going to have him play Ray Ray, but he’s not my cousin; he’s my brother. But we’re going to do something together. He’s my brother. We’ll always work together. It’s not like New Edition, where I’m Bobby Brown smoking crack or weed before they get back together.
What can you say about Affion Crockett, since you’ve worked with him before too?
I look at my cast, and it’s a bunch of people that you love to see, and you know you love. And it’s good to see people that you know and love be funny. Affion came in. He had one scene that was this big, and he just worked with it and improvised. Cedric, they all came in and just rocked it.
Affion is a dude that I hired in a pilot years ago. And then we put him in “Dance Flick.” And then he did a show. Affion, one day that due is going to be “that dude,” so y’all keep looking out for him.
Are your parents as crazy as you are?
My mother’s crazy for letting my father come into her, I’ll tell you that much. My parents are really funny. We grew up in a crazy household. My parents are really great, funny people. My dad is really silly. He’s f*cking annoying. I think he annoyed the sh*t out of my mom.
When my mom gets mad, she curses you out. She’s like Richard Pryor with titties. We grew up watching her our whole childhood, and I think that’s where we got our sense of humor from. It’s cutting-edge and biting and it came from love. That’s one thing we had in that household: a lot of love and fun.
You’re not afraid to go naked on camera. Would you ever do porn?
You got a camera? Come on, let’s do this sh*t! I’ve done some home porn, but I don’t know if I want to show it to people. It’s pretty good.
Have you ever had a paranormal or haunted encounter in your life?
No, just roaches.
Will there be a sequel to “A Haunted House”?
If it makes money, yeah. If it’s a success, there’ll definitely be “A Haunted House” sequel. I will do a sequel, but you don’t want to do a sequel to a bomb. You’ve never seen “Howard the Duck 2.”
Are you involved in any TV shows?
Right now, I’m producing a show for my nephews called “Second Generation Wayans.” I make a couple of appearances. It’s going to be on BET as of Jan. 15 , so make sure you guys tune in. And I’ve got one that I’m writing for ABC that I’m producing and starring in. Hopefully, it’ll go. Right now, it’s called “Bad Dad.” And it’s basically me as an inappropriate father, of which I am.
Is there any chance that there will be an “In Living Color” reunion special?
I don’t think Fox can manufacture that kind of money to bring us all back together. Damon’s ass alone is $2 million or $4 million.
How often do you do stand-up comedy?
I’m on the road constantly, like, every other weekend doing stand-up. If it wasn’t for stand-up, I don’t know if I could write jokes the way I’m writing jokes right now. My mind is working completely differently.
I’m actually growing more in the last two years than I’ve grown in the last 20. And stand-up is a beautiful journey that is the best thing I ever f*cking did. Ever. I’m never stopping. I used to want to play a great. Now I want to be a great.
What made you decide to do “A Haunted House”?
Because Hollywood’s not making a lot of movies right now. And when they stop making movies, the people who really feel it are black actors. Unless you’re a superhero — and they ain’t never going to have a black superhero, because our dick is way to big to be in them tights; we wouldn’t be able to fly, because our dick’s dragging on the ground — I decided out of necessity, like everything else I’ve ever done. My brother told me, “In this industry, you can’t just be black actor. You’ve got to be a force of nature.”
So as kids, we learned to write. “Don’t Be a Menace,” me and Shawn wrote that at 19 or 20 years old. We created out television show at 21. Everything we’ve done, we had to write. Anybody who’s in this industry, you guys who are actors, you’ve got to write, you’ve got to produce, you’ve got to direct, you have to cater — you have to do all that sh*t.
What was your budget for “A Haunted House”?
Our budget was under $10 [million], probably a lot under that. Normally, a movie like this would probably cost you $25 million to do it, but we managed to do it for under $10 [million]. I had a great crew, I had a great cast, and we just rocked it. It took us 20 days, one house, 12 hours a day, just rocking out jokes. That sh*t was hard as hell, but we did it.
What was the most recent comedy movie that you’ve seen?
The two last movies that made me laugh: One was “Ted.” If I was high, I would’ve laughed a sh*tload more … And the other movie was “The Campaign” by Will Ferrell. There was one scene in “The Campaign” that made me damn near sh*t myself: when he punched the baby. And he put it in slow motion! And the baby’s face shook like Manny Pacquiao in slow motion! That sh*t was classic!
I like a good laugh. I’ll tell you right now, the hardest thing you’ll ever do in life is evoke the same emotion from a crowd of people. Some people, their parents might have died that day, f*cking bills, some people might’ve gotten f*cking evicted. When people come to see you, some people are just drunk. Some people are just plain old stupid and angry and evil. Some woman just gotten dropped. But when you can get every person to laugh on cue, that is the most beautiful thing you will ever do. And it’s because we all share one emotion at one time. And there aren’t many times in life when you can feel that, except for in a great comedy. When it’s good, I’ll plead, “Yo, go see that sh*t.”
How do you feel about “Scary Movie 5” copying you kitchen scene?
Honestly, I don’t give a sh*t. When it comes to people stealing jokes, I write new ones. I know mine was first. I know mine was original. The truth is, they stole “Scary Movie 3” from us. And we just wound up not doing our movie and just gave it to them.
With [“A Haunted House”], I was like, “I got my pedal to the metal, and I’m not f*cking stopping. F*ck everybody. This is going to be out there. People are going to see this. And you can put your movie out.” See this one, see “Scary Movie 5,” and see which you like better. I guarantee they won’t have these kinds of jokes.
What scene did you like doing the most in “A Haunted House”?
F*cking the puppets. I was just looking to showcase a couple of moves, and I was looking on the bed, and I had this little puppet sitting there. And I was, “I’m going to f*ck the sh*t out of it.” I R. Kelly-ed that puppet!
None of that was written. That was straight improvised. I was naked and out of nowhere, I said, “Oh, you’re going to bring a friend!” I heard my director fall out of the chair. And then everybody in the crew started to get in on it, like, “Here’s a [toy] duck. What are you going to do with that?” And I was just like, “Word.” So that was a lot of fun.
Are you still going to do that Richard Pryor movie?
I hope so … He’s a superhero to me. And I think it’s an important story that should be told, but Hollywood doesn’t want that kind of movie right now. I think it’s a shame. It’s kind of the state of Hollywood. And it’s sad. I honestly think it’s a beautiful movie.
And people love Richard Pryor. The people who’ve got the money don’t understand that Richard Pryor is an icon in so many different communities. Everybody who’s funny or black or comes from poverty, Richard Pryor ignited that. So hopefully, one day [the movie] will happen. If not, God bless, I’ll try to be as close to him as I possibly could be — and then I’ll shoot myself and let somebody else play him.
What kind of barriers do you encounter as a black actor?
Everyone you could possibly imagine. There are no roles, so you’ve got to create them. And you can’t use the excuse, “Man, I’m black, and they ain’t hiring.” That’s no excuse.
You put the pressure on yourselves to create. You don’t blame everybody. You accept the blame. You get up off your ass. You grind at it every day. And you dream and walk toward your dream, and then one day, boom! Sh*t happens, but you’ve got to work toward it.
How do you keep going when you have so many obstacles in front of you?
It’s life. Every day in life, we deal with something. Everybody in this room deals with something every day. People look at me and are like, “Oh, man, you’ve got money. Life is good.”
That’s bullsh*t. I’ve got big bills. “More money, more problems” is real. The reality of it is that happiness is a small place that you find within yourself. And it doesn’t matter what comes your way, what situations you’re in, you always have the choice to be happy.
There’s a book called “The Alchemist” that you should read, because it’s a constant reminder that as long as you walk toward your destiny, and you’re on the road, the road is success. There’s no destination called “success.” Success is being on that road, walking every day, and knowing that God has his purpose for you. Never mind the obstacles. They’re supposed to happen. Without those obstacles, the victory wouldn’t be sweet.
“A Haunted House” New York City Press Conference
What horror movies did you like watching when you grew up?
I didn’t watch none of that sh*t. I grew up watching roaches in my house, and those were scary things. I saw some [horror movies] … We used to watch “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” “[Texas] Chainsaw Massacre.” “Porky's” — it wasn’t a horror film, but there were titties in it, and that’s what you see in horror films anyway.
Did you base the “A Haunted House” psychic character (played by Nick Swardson) on anyone in real life?
Yeah, I did. I based him on the psychic from “Paranormal State.” His name is Chip. The way I wrote the movie, I would write riffs and sh*t. The way we wrote it — my producing partner Rick Alvares and Mike [Tiddes, the director of “A Haunted House”] would help with rewrites — I would do riffs, and I wrote these characters like I was going to play them … I like to write a monologue. And then from there, that’s how I create.
Your character in “A Haunted House” didn’t want to live with his girlfriend at first. Is there a message you want to portray by that?
That’s kind of based on my life, which is a fear of mine. What happens to love when people get comfortable? And I like living separate because this way, you dress up to see me. I wouldn’t say that was the message. The bigger message in the movie is that no matter what you go through with your woman, and no matter who or what comes between you, at the end of the day, you’ve got to preserve your love.
Can you talk about anything that might be on the DVD or Blu-ray, such as deleted scenes?
I did three takes of 20 minutes or more of me with those stuffed animals. I blew their asses out! I wore their asses down! There’s a lot of crazy stuff that we didn’t put in. It’s not that we couldn’t put it in. It’s just would break up the rhythm. I felt like there was a rhythm to the movie.
Like the racist riff? We did a long-ass racist riff. Everything was long, but I tried to get the “best of” that was right for the picture, because I wanted it to be short and sweet. I wanted it to feel like a really good stand-up set. You’re listening, and it starts out funny, and you hear all these different jokes, and then at the end, you bring everybody back together, call back all the jokes, tie it up, and have a good night.
How do you cast your movies?
I always write with people in mind, but chances are you’re not going to get the people you write for, so then you take meetings. And even in some meetings, people read. And other people, like Ced, “You’re a friend. I know what you do. Do what you do.” [Nick] Swardson came to a meeting, we sat down, and I was like, “He can do it.”
Essence [Atkins] came in, and she read and I was like, “Essence, I worked with you twice [before]. I know what you do.” And she came in and read and said, “Let me show you.” My only concern was she had just had a baby.
And I said, “That baby is going to need some breast milk.” That and the fact that she had stitches. She’d just had a baby three weeks ago. The stitches were still there. And we had to put her in harnesses and drag her around the house. And she was like, “I don’t care. I want to do it.” She did it, so she was game.
Can you talk about what you learned from your failures in your career? Where do you see “A Haunted House” in relation to your other career accomplishments?
I failed miserably, time and time again, even during success. Failure is the greatest part of success. To me, this isn’t my new omega; it’s just a new alpha. There’s just a new beginning. For every success you have, you go up a hill, it takes you long time for you to go up, and then you come down. And then you have another hill to climb next time.
So, for me, [“A Haunted House”] is going through another ring. It’s just another feather in the cap. Hearing laughs is why I do it. I don’t do it for sh*t else. I’m addicted to laughter. It’s the greatest joy in the world. When I hear you laughing at something that I thought of, and we can all share that together, that, to me, is one of the greatest gifts you can give anybody. And hopefully, I think [“A Haunted House”] does that, and hopefully will find an audience, and we all smile and laugh together. I will never stop doing it.
I look back and it feels good that I accomplished this. I got it done. Accomplishment ain’t … the box office. No, accomplishment is I took a movie, it was an idea, I did it by myself, I found the financing, I got it distributed to 2,500 theaters and screens for everybody to see, and I have a chance to make a lot of people happy. That’s successful to me.
Is “Behind the Smile” ever going to come out?
I don’t know. You have to ask [my brother] Damon. That’s like asking if Michael [Jackson] is going to release “Blood on the Dance Floor 2.” I don’t know. I hope so. To me, that is my best performance that is sitting in my brother’s house somewhere.
I did this movie called “Behind the Smile.” It is probably the best performance I could possibly ever put together. It’s a shame that nobody’s ever going to see it. Hopefully, maybe one day on VOD [video on demand]. I just want people to see it.
What were some of the obstacles or challenges that you faced while in production for “A Haunted House”?
Every day, from ideas to picking the financier to coming in on budget to finding the house to putting together the cast. The cast in the last 24 hours, every day for each person, it was like God said, “This is who you’re going to get.” “OK, cool.” And we worked with them. Everything is a challenge, but that’s every movie, whether you’re doing a $2 million or a $200 million movie. There are always going to be challenges.
Believe it or not, with “Avatar,” which was a $350 million movie, [“Avatar” director] James Cameron was still sitting there saying, “I need more budget!” His craft services was [the same cost] as our budget.
How do you personally feel about paranormal events? And will there be a “White Chicks 2”?
If “White Chicks 2” happens, it will be a paranormal event. I don’t believe in the paranormal. I’ve never seen a ghost …
And “White Chicks 2”? I hope it will happen. I think there’s a big-enough audience. People love it.
That’s the one picture that everybody says, “Do a sequel.” We have a great idea, so maybe. I’ll have to find financing, and finance that, and do it like that, instead of doing it through a studio.
Did you come up with any alternate endings to “A Haunted House”?
This wasn’t a desperate movie, in terms of how we constructed it, so I didn’t have to keep trying to top myself with the ending. The ending that we wrote was kind of the ending that stayed. And then when things naturally came about, we naturally put them in.
There was going to be an exorcism, and then this movie “The Devil Inside” came out. And so we went to watch that, and we were like, “Oh, you know what? We can incorporate this and incorporate that in this kind of way.” So everything that we did, it wasn’t just a bunch of crazy sketches.
I don’t know who told people that a parody was, “Hey, let’s do a bunch of random sketches. Put Tyler Perry and ‘Black Swan’ together, and people are going to [love] that sh*t.” It has to make sense. There has to be a reason.
This isn’t a parody. It is a horror romantic comedy with parody moments. It’s a movie that stands on itself. If you’ve never seen any one of those movies, it’s still funny, because there are characters, there’s a relationship, there are situations, and there’s a story involved, and a beginning, a middle and an end.
What kinds of women do you like?
What do I like personally? I like understanding women, someone who is healing without being bragadocious about it. People who just do. I watch people's actions outside of me. People can perform for me.
See, I go, "What kind of daughter are you? What kind of friend are you? What kind of person are you outside of me? Chances are, once you stop acting for me, that's the bitch you're going to be."
So I need to watch those things. Are you a good sister? Are you a good mom if you have a child? Are you a good person? Those are actions. Those aren't words. So, for me, those are the things that really, really count.
My mom taught me to be self-sufficient. I don't need somebody to cook for me. I don't need somebody to clean for me. I know how to do laundry. I can do my laundry better than anybody can do my sh*t. My colors never bleed.
That's the way my mom raised me, so I don't expect anything from anybody. What people give you, I appreciate, and I appreciate people. Someone with a kind heart and a big old ass. I'll take person over pussy any day. You can always find some vagina, but you can't always find a good heart.
And what would like you to see from women in the entertainment industry?
I'd like to see more comedy from women. I'd like to see more comedy from black women. There are different sides of sisters. Not every sister is angry. They're not. They're often smart. Black women are some of the best sense of humor ever, and then we never really get a chance to portray that. They've always got to be angry or molested or hurt ...
They're not always angry. They're multi-faceted people. It's not because of the performances. It's because of the material. And that's for women, period. It was good to see "Bridesmaids" because it was a good, funny movie about women. And it was dirty. You see a dirty side to these people, but it was funny. It was like a guy flick for chicks.
You guys have got to go see "The Heat" with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. I play Sandra Bullock's love interest in that. The same director [of "Bridesmaids"] did that. We [Sandra Bullock and I] didn't get to kiss. You know they don't let the black dude get the white girl. They didn't let Denzel [Washington] kiss Julia Roberts in "The Pelican Brief." But in my head, I did some dirty things to that character.
When you're writing a screenplay, is there a group of people you always go to with opinions about your work?
It depends on how passionate I am. If I really believe in something, and I pitch it to somebody, and they don't see it, then I sit down and I go, "What is it about it that you don't see?" And then I put more skin on the bones. I can't just pitch bones.
If I really believe in it, it's like a hypothesis, and now I've got to prove our theory. Here's this, and why does it work? And then who is the audience? How big is the audience? Sometimes you have a great idea but it only appeals to one sector of people.
I often pitch to my producer, like Rick Alvarez, and get his opinion. He's dope. He's like a white dude with a Spanish name. And he hates everything. So if I get him excited about ideas ...
And [my brother] Shawn. Shawn's a tough one. Shawn is actually an idea machine. He's brilliant at that.
In your 1996 movie "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood," you forecast a lot of what hip-hop is like now. What do you think of today's hip-hop culture?
I don't know if I'm a prophet. You see things, and you see the ridiculousness of it. You do that and you go, "It won't go there." And then you go, "Oh, sh*t, it actually went there." We were very in tune, in terms of the hip-hop generation. I think Chris Rock was another one. He did "CB4."
We love the culture of hip-hop. Born and raised. My heart beats to hip-hop. Wherever it goes, I think I'm not going to be that dude that slams hip-hop. It changes, it evolves ... If you listen to it enough, it starts to let to get you know the beat and the heartbeat of a generation.
So I don't want to be that guy that just sticks to what I know. I think you have to embrace the revolution in order the old-school cats can make it something different. We have to be students of all.
I wish the kids of today would be more students of the history of the music in general. Just don't do beats. Learn how to play the drums. Learn how to play an instrument. Then do a beat, and that beat will be insane. To me, I think Kanye [West] is a genius, because he knows how to do beats, and he knows music.
About your Richard Pryor movie, why can't you get a bunch of comedians or rich African-Americans to fund it?
Movies are about the business ... I think Richard Pryor is a god in comedy. I think he's a pop-cultural icon. I think he's loved. I think people are very interested in his story. The human story that was Richard, to conceive a drama about the greatest comedian ever is kind of a tragedy but kind of a love story, is a beautiful, beautiful journey. Studios can be scared because now they're owned by corporations. And they don't see it.
Look, if I get enough success under my belt. If ["A Haunted House"] makes some money, then you know what? I want to get it funded. Because you had this success, they go, "OK, with this budget, you can do it." They give you a leap up faith, and we can make it happen.
Who do you think is funny now?
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are the greatest comedy team ever. They had pop-culture references. They were physical. Looney Tunes back in the day, they had some racist stuff in there that was really funny. So that's what I grew up with.
Pryor is my favorite ever. [Bill] Cosby, as I've gotten older, I have so much more respect for, especially as I do stand-up, you really start seeing what Bill Cosby is. Bill Cosby is a brilliant, brilliant storyteller, really funny, really animated. He'll talk to 25,000 people, and he's like your dad telling you a story by the campfire. He's brilliant. I'm just a student of all.
What about any young, up-and-coming comedians? Which ones do you like?
Tony Baker is a great comic.
What separates "Second Generation Wayans" from all the other comedy TV shows that are out there right now?
"Second Generation Wayans" is a different complexion from a Wayans comedy than you have ever seen. The generations are changing. These guys have a really strong story side.
Me and Shawn, when we first did "The Wayans Brothers," we had no stories. We were too cartoon. We were crazy. All we were two funny dudes who were desperate to make people laugh. And we had no story.
People went, "Man, their stories sucked, but damn, they're funny." And as we grew and started embracing stories, the show got better. By the fourth and fifth season, we found our stride.
These guys [my nephews] are starting out with good stories. That puts them way ahead of us. So when it comes to the comedy, as they progress, it's going to be great. The great thing is, they've got the hardest part down: the story. Now it's all about now that they have the stories, let's go take it to crazy places. It's a good show. It's something different.
They're good-looking dudes. They've got swag on them. There's a love story in there, but it's funny. You laugh. It's impressive to see. I support their vision of their show. It's not what I do. What I do, I'm out of control ... I just want people to laugh, but that's just me.
I'm impressed by those guys, and I support their vision of their show. And so what I had to learn as a producer was to help them tell the stories that they want to tell, how they want to tell it, and not enforce my vision. And in doing that and trusting them, I'm very proud of them. I'm very proud of their show, and I'm proud to say I'm a producer.
What do you do to stay physically fit?
I work out a lot. When I did ["A Haunted House"], I wanted to lose weight, so I did Insanity. I did it for 90 days ... But now I do CrossFit. I go to the gym, and I try to get out there, in and out, 25 minutes to half an hour. I try to do a workout every day, involved full-body exercise, every muscle part. I haven't been there for the last week because my schedule's so crazy, but when my schedule's not crazy, I do it five, six times a week.
I do it just to be fit. I don't want to be [Vin] Diesel. Joe Piscopo and Jimmie Walker got buff, and them n***ers haven't made anyone laugh since. I just want to be fit because I'm physical. I want to make sure I don't get any injuries. I want to do crazy things and make sure my body is protected. I just want to be flexible and ready.
Any last thoughts?
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