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‘We Can’t Laugh Anymore’: Marlon Wayans Explains Why Another ‘White Chicks’ Film Is Needed But Can’t Happen

According to longtime comedian Marlon Wayans, while he believes movies like his hit 2004 comedy “White Chicks,” starring older brother Shawn Wayans are needed, it’ll be a long time before fans get another installment of the Keenen Ivory Wayans-directed film— with the reason appearing to be pointing toward “cancel culture.”

The 50-year-old Hollywood veteran shared his thoughts on the matter while out promoting his new Netflix film, “The Curse of Bridge Hollow,” during a recent interview with BuzzFeed. When asked about the possibility of another movie amid stricter forms of censorship across media, Wayans told reporters, “I think they’re needed,” but he said he took issue with society’s swift removal of things it deemed offensive. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 12: Marlon Wayans visits SiriusXM Studios on October 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

“I don’t know what planet we’re on, where you think people don’t need laughter and that people need to be censored and canceled. If a joke is gonna get me canceled, thank you for doing me that favor,” he added. 

The “Scary Movie” star continued, “It’s sad that society is in this place where we can’t laugh anymore. I ain’t listening to this damn generation.” However, it doesn’t seem like Wayans will let the pressures of social media cancel culture. “I ain’t listening to these folks,” he said, referring to, “These scared-a** people, these scared executives.”

He continued, “Y’all do what you want to do? Great. I’m still gonna tell my jokes the way I tell them. And if you want to make some money,  jump on board. And if not, then I’ll find a way to do it myself.” 

The actor shared, “I know my audience. My audience comes to my shows every weekend, and they leave feeling great and laughing. One thing about the Wayans, we’ve always told the worst joke the best way. 

Still, sensitive critics aren’t the only thing stopping the star from reprising his role as Brittany Wilson. In a vintage interview with GQ, Wayans revealed that the grueling makeup process nearly ended them.

“That movie almost killed us,” he told the publication about why he may never do another film: “Seven hours makeup. We worked 14-hours after that, it takes an hour to take the makeup off. Shawn and I would get two hours of sleep for like 65 days or 60 days.” 

“Makeup movies…,” he continued. “Until they learn how to digitally do it special effects-wise, uh-uhn. That’s a lot of work.” He added, “Everyone’s like, ‘Do White Chicks 2.’ I’m like, f**k yourself. You do White Chicks 2. I’m doing Black man movies.”

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