Marlon & the Paranormal

kwilliamns@tri-statedefender.com | 1/14/2013, 9:25 a.m.

MW: I was watching "Paranormal Activity" 1 and 2, which were very successful hits at the box-office, and I just thought to myself, "If I want to do a movie, how am I going to approach this?" Then, I had this epiphany that, "Damn, white people do a lot of stupid stuff in these movies." Wouldn't it be funny if a lot of paranormal activity happened to a black couple? Now, how do I keep them in the house longer than five minutes? That became the comic premise for the movie. From there, it just snowballed into a bunch of jokes. So, I got together with Rick Alvarez, my producing partner, and we decided to write it together.

KW: Are you the only Wayans in this film?

MW: Yeah.

KW: That must be a first. How do you explain that? We're used to seeing multiple Wayans in a Wayans production.

MW: Nobody loves me. (Chuckles) No, everybody wanted me to do this one by myself, and I wanted to do it by myself. So, this is sorta like my first solo album. I didn't pull any tricks out of my hat, and just went with the natural flow of the film.

KW: How did you go about assembling the cast?

MW: Just from meetings and readings. Everybody was game to do it, and I was very happy about that.

KW: What audience are you trying to attract? The same crowd that went to see "Scary Movie?"

MW: Not just them. They're older now. I really want to hit the next generation of kids, the Youtube Generation. And also women, because it's a relationship movie with romantic elements. I think anybody who wants to laugh is the intended audience.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

MW: No, people ask me everything.

KW: The Teri Emerson question: "When was the last time you had a good laugh?"

MW: I was just watching "The Campaign" on video. Will Ferrell makes me laugh. So, does Zach Galifiniakis. But when Will punched the kid in the face, I was hurting. And then when he punched the dog, too, I was hurting some more. Those two scenes made me laugh hysterically.

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?

MW: My piano. Although I don't know if playing piano is a guilty pleasure. My guiltiest pleasure would be wine.

KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: "What was the last book you read?"

MSN: "50 Shades of Grey." I'm almost through it.

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KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to?

MW: ASAP Rocky's album.

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KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?

MW: None, because I hate cooking. But I do make the candied yams every year at Thanksgiving. And they're awesome! You could definitely get diabetes and cavities from them, but they're delicious!

KW: What's the recipe?

MW: If I tell it to you, I'll have to kill you. (Laughs)