Marlon Wayans stopped into D.C. last week. He’s hot on the promo tour, pushing his latest film comedy, “Fifty Shades of Black.”
The actor spoke with DC Fab! about his new film, in which he’s spoofing the blockbuster movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Marlon told us that in his film he made Christian Black “more of a stalker” and “a worse lover.”
DC Fab!: Why “Fifty Shades of Grey?” There’s plenty of romantic movies that have come out?
Marlon Wayans: Here’s why: For me, anytime I can do sex and comedy — my two favorite things — it’s a no brainer. Since “Don’t Be a Menace,” [I’ve done] sex and comedy. It’s just what I do. I’ve always been that kid that humped stuffed animals. …Sex, we all do it. If you haven’t done it, you’re curious about it. It’s fun to explore that and add different elements to it. What’s a Black girl’s take on it? What’s a white girl’s take on it? What’s an Asian girl’s take on it? And we have a montage of that. For me, it’s just discovering the world of sex and here’s the reason to do it with this character and it’s a lot of fun.
I heard this may be your last parody film for a while. Is that true?
It’s my last one for a while. I’m taking a break. I’m going to do other comedies. I just want to do comedy, period. I want to an action comedy, a magical comedy like a “Liar, Liar.” I want to do like a family film. I want to explore. …I’ve been a part of such a great legacy being a Wayans, but now these last three years I’ve departed and I’ve been working on Marlon.
People have read the book and have seen “Fifty Shades of Gray.” So what type of sex scenes or crazy sex scenes did you take from the movie?
We took all of the scenes from the movie. We did our own play and our own take, but we added a couple. …It’s kind of how I see the world [in] a twisted way. I go to funerals and everyone’s crying, and I’m sitting there like, ‘Yo, do you see those shoes? He ain’t going to heaven with them shoes.’ I always got jokes.
When it’s all said and done, what is Marlon Wayans’ legacy?
I don’t know. I know I’m not going to change the world. Not yet. The world’s too big to try and change. All I can do is change the mood. I just want to make people smile. I’ve wanted to make people smile since the first time my mother laughed when I was one-and-a-half. And she laughed. To see a woman smile, it’s everything.
Going back to your professional future and career, do you plan to make any movies with the next generation of Wayans?
I always infuse them. I always put a Wayans inside. I got nieces and nephews….I put Greg in there. I put Shauntee in there. I always try and find someway and somehow to weave in a Wayans.
How is it working with Mike Epps?
It’s a lot of fun. I was scared at first. You [hear] all these [rumors like], ‘Mike is crazy. Mike is crazy.’ It was fun. …If you watch a lot of my movies, when I got like Cedric [the Entertainer] or like a Mike Epps in my movie, what I do is play the straight man. I allow those guys to get off, because I know I’ll have my moments within the movie. For me, I want the team to work. I like people to score. There’s nothing better for me than watching somebody score. I just throw them the basket like BOW!
How do you keep it real without coming off wack?
I do my movies. Me and my producer, Rick Alvarez, we write our movies. We produce our movies. I star in our movies. Director Mike Titus; he works closely with us. At the end of the day I got final cut, and I get to choose what I want to do, what I want to put in, what I want to take out, good bad and different. You learn all the way.
Where do you like to stop by when you go to DC?
I go to Howard [University]. I usually always stop by there. I went to school there. Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th Street NW).
“Fifty Shades of Black” hits theaters Jan. 29.
Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for clarity. Top image credit: IG.