Marlon Wayans: I still want to play Richard Pryor
January 11th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Marlon Wayans: I still want to play Richard Pryor

Marlon Wayans' new film "A Haunted House" is a spoof of films like "Paranormal Activity," which purport to be "found footage" movies - the kind that lead the audience to believe they're witnessing events that have been captured and later discovered.

"Because it's cheap," Wayans said, smiling. "It's inexpensive, and I wanted to figure out a way to do a low-budget comedy film. Found footage was the way to go because that's what this generation is used to so I wanted to capitalize on that."

Wayans stars as Malcolm, a man who, along with his wife, Keisha (Essence Atkins), moves into what is supposed to be their dream home. But after Keisha becomes possessed, the couple seek help and the funny ensues.

With a background that includes films like 'White Chicks" and "Scary Movie" - not to mention a pedigree as a member of a family that brought us "In Living Color" - Wayans knows comedy and prides himself on being a master of improv.

What audiences of "A Haunted House" will see is 70 percent script and 30 percent improv, Wayans said, adding that he's open to receiving his material from just about anyone.

"The person from craft services might say, 'You know what you should do?' and I'll listen," he said. Although "99.9 percent of the time it's really bad, every now and then someone will hit that and I'm like, 'That's funny.'"

Wayans is also co-producing a new BET show titled "Second Generation Wayans," which will star his nephews Damien Dante Wayans and Craig Wayans. He describes it as being like "Entourage" in that it will follow the scripted comedic exploits of the younger Wayans and their friends.

Holidays in the Wayans' house - with 10 children and a multitude of grandkids - is pretty hilarious, as you might imagine. But who's the funniest of the clan?

"My mother," Wayans said. "But only when she is cussing out my father."

There's one role which still eludes him - the long awaited biopic of legendary comedian Richard Pryor.

"I started out wanting to play a great and now I want to be a great," Wayans said. "Hopefully 'Haunted House' will do well. I raised the money to get this one done and hopefully we will get Pryor done."

"A Haunted House" arrives in theaters January 11.

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  1. number 1 until i die..mmmmm

    sounds racist

    January 12, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    "Wayans knows comedy". Those words don't belong in the same sentence as his name.

    January 12, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nancy

    I wish little Webster and Rudy Huxtable would get married. It would rule.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    I think he used to be Rudy on The Cosby Show. It was funny.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    Remember @chef_patrick

    January 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      I wondered where you were hiding you sneaky lesbean. You been over there in the twitter world practicing up your gayness.

      January 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    Tracie is mega cool. A blogging legend. P OOOOOOOP.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    He looks just exactly like Barak Obamo without the giant flappy ears.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • c.c.

      When y'all told me you was hijacking a name, I didn't think you would pick tracie.

      January 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |

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