Marlon Wayans reveals his Scary Movie Shorty character’s surprising inspiration as a friend of the same name who was initially upset.
Marlon Wayans reveals the surprising inspiration for his horror movie character Shorty as a friend of the same name who was initially upset. Wayans developed the 2000 slasher parody with his brothers Shawn, who also starred in the film, and Keenen Ivory, who will direct the film. horror movie would ridicule a number of popular horror and slasher films of its era, drawing mostly from Scream and I know what you did last summer while making fun of Halloween, The Shining, Sixth Sense, The Blair Witch Project and The matrix.
Alongside Marlon and Shawn Wayans, the cast of horror movie was directed by Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Kurt Fuller, Lochlyn Munro, Cheri Oteri and Dave Sheridan. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics for its scattered humor and effective parody material and was a box office success, grossing over $278 million against its $19 million budget. . horror movieThe success of would help spawn a franchise that included four sequels, which saw a roller coaster of critical and commercial receptions.
Marlon Wayans recently met QG to look back on some of his fan-favorite projects for publication Iconic characters series. When we look at the original horror movie, Wayans revealed that the inspiration for his character Shorty came from a friend of the same name who was initially angry at Wayans, only to later realize he was mixing up the actor’s films. Check out what Wayans shared below:
“Shorty was based on a friend of mine who was a weedhead named Shorty. He was mad at me, he didn’t see Scary Movie, so he thought I messed him up. He was like, ‘Son, I’m suing you for character defecation.’ I said, ‘You mean defamation,’ and he said, ‘No, son, defecation, because you scorned me. I saw Requiem for a Dream. I said, ‘I don’t ‘didn’t do in Requiem for a Dream, I did you in Scary Movie.’
Then he ended up seeing Scary Movie and said, ‘N—-, my bad, that was hilarious. I should win a Grammy for that. I’ve won weedhead of the year twice, I think, for Shorty. Then Shorty was funny because when we wrote the original horror movie, we really didn’t have anything written for Shorty. So I’d go on set and Keenan would be like, ‘Okay, what’s Shorty going to do today?’ So a lot of these scenes we did off the cuff.”
Wayans’ performance as the stoner Shorty in the horror movie The franchise was generally considered one of the best-received elements, rightfully relying on its comedic abilities for an outrageous character. It turns out to be interesting to learn that not only did Wayans base Shorty on a friend of his, but his friend was initially very upset that he was being played on screen to humorous effect. Given the original horror movie came out the same year as Requiem for a dream and both have seen Wayans’ characters linked to drugs to some degree, it’s understandable that the actor’s friend confuses the two.
Although he starred in and co-wrote the first two films, Wayans would eventually leave the horror movie franchise with his brothers starting with horror movie 3. Although 2003’s trio saw better reviews and box office returns than its predecessor, it would also be seen as the start of the franchise’s downfall as Scary Movie 4 saw less favorable reviews from the public and Scary Movie 5 was thoroughly panned by critics and viewers. Audiences can rewatch Wayans’ tenure as Shorty with the first two horror movies streaming on Paramount+ now.
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