The comedian even counts his role in the film, as a CIA agent (Marcus) who goes undercover with his partner as a white chick, as one of his most iconic to date. However, even the endless laughs and good time had on set have not been enough to sway Marlon to seriously entertain the idea of a follow-up.
“That movie almost killed us,” said Marlon, while breaking down the inspiration behind several of his iconic characters throughout his career. The youngest of the uber talented Wayans family went on to explain to GQ that it took, “seven hours of makeup” for him and his brother Shawn to transform into Brittany and Tiffany Wilson.
“We’d work fourteen hours after that. It takes an hour to take the makeup off. Shawn and I would get two hours of sleep for like sixty-five days, or sixty days, and we still managed to hang out with our cast, and we still managed to write a series of books, and write ‘Thugaboo,’ which was an animated series. That was hard and almost killed us,” he added.
The seemingly limitless talent is flattered that the film has continued to withstand the test of time, but fan requests for more white chicks is falling on deaf ears. “Makeup movies — until they learn how to digitally do it, special effect-wise, ooh that’s a lot of work. Everybody says, ‘do a ‘White Chicks 2.’ I’m like, ‘go f—k yourself! You do a ‘White Chicks 2.’ I’m doing Black man movies.” He added, “That movie, as hard as it was, it was funny.”
Even with Marlon’s animated objection to enduring the white chick metamorphosis, fans are still praising the 2004 comedy that raked in more than $100 million at the box office.
“‘White Chicks’ is still to date the funniest movie ever (IMO). I laugh so hard when watching that movie,” wrote one social media user.
“One of the most iconic comedy movies. Him and Shawn did they thangggg.”
“One of my favorite comedies of all time. Never fails to crack you up, and I don’t think people realize how hard that is.”
But these days, Marlon is finding renewed praise for his acting chops when it comes to dramatic roles. In his own words, Marlon said, “I’m in my bag.” The “Respect” actor has three decades of experience in the industry — from writing, producing, acting and doing stand-up comedy — that have prepared him for the next chapter in his career : leading man status.
“These are my years. I’ve been working so hard for 30 years and now it’s all clicking. I love the fact that I get to show up as the star that I’m prepared to be.”