Marlon Wayans likes to scare, but he wouldn’t tolerate someone attacking him on stage like Dave Chappelle was earlier this month at a comedy festival.
“It was crazy,” Wayans said in a brief interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I love the way this guy got his ass kicked. He was like a pinata.”
Wayans spends a lot of time in Atlanta shooting Netflix movies. After the comedies “Naked” (2017) and “Sextuplets” (2019), last year he produced what is tentatively called “Boo! in the Atlanta metro.
He has a thing for horror and comedy, following the success of four “Scary Movie” films and two “A Haunted House” films. In “Boo!”, which is slated to debut this fall on Netflix, he plays the father of a rebellious teenage daughter, Sydney, played by “Stranger Things” star Priah Ferguson. She accidentally releases the spirit of Stingy Jack, the spirit of all the pumpkins, and as a result, the Halloween decorations come to life. She reluctantly works with her father to save the city and the world.
“I like to mix comedy and horror,” Wayans said. “You can do horror, comedy, tense, tense, scary, and then a joke.”
And he loves working with Netflix. “I like to work,” he said. “They appreciate that I have a huge international following.”
But it is not exclusive to them. After releasing a stand-up special with rival streaming service HBO Max last year, he recently hosted a stand-up special with them called “Marlon Wayans Presents: The Headliners.” The five rising stars are all yet-to-be-known comedy club headliners: DC Ervin, Tony Baker, Chaunté Wayans (Marlon’s niece), Sydney Castillo and Esau McGraw.
“I wanted to give them a bigger audience,” he said. “I love giving my friends a showcase.”
He’s proud that many of his movies, whether silly or satirical, remain perennial favorites and appeal to new generations, whether it’s the “Scary Movie” franchise, “White Chicks” or “Don’t Be a Menace.” . His films are largely critically-proof, with these six films alone grossing more than $540 million in domestic box office gross. They also became popular on DVD and basic cable.
“You look at them today, they’re still relevant,” Wayans said. “We’re not talking about a time. We’re talking about the spirit of the culture. It’s eternal.”