By Darlene Donloe
Marlon Wayans is at it again! As expected he brings his patented brand of comedic craziness to AHaunted House 2, the sequel to the hit 2013 horror spoof comedy, A Haunted House, which grossed $18.1 million on its opening weekend in January 2013.
In this latest film from the franchise, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans), who after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.
The film, directed by Michael Tiddes and written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez, stars Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, Steele Stebbins, Rick Overton, Hayes MacArthur, Davie Sheridan and Cedric the Entertainer.
In the film, Crockett plays Ray-Ray. Lets just say Ray-Ray has some issues.
Crockett, an actor, writer, dancer, rapper, comedian, music producer and director has caught fire recently with his YouTube videos. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, CSI: NY, NYPD Blue, The District, Welcome HomeRoscoe Jenkins, Soul Men, Dance Flick, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Baggage Claim and more. He is currently producing his first comedy rap album titled Watch the Clone with spoofs of popular artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, 2Chainz and more.
I recently caught up with an affable Affion Crockett at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills to talk about his work on A Haunted House 2 (Open Road), which is set for a nationwide release on April 18.
DD: Marlon Wayans talked about allowing his cast to ad-lib on some of the dialogue. What are some of the challenges in doing a movie that way?
AC: There are no challenges. It’s a playground type of movie. We just all came and had fun.
DD: With so many comedians on the set, how did anything get filmed? Was it like a controlled kind of chaos?
AC: Yes, it was controlled chaos. We weren’t all on the set at the same time, though. If we were all in the room together we wouldn’t have a movie today.
DD: So, it sounds like most of the movie was improv.
AC: It’s pretty much all improv. Marlon would just give me the point of a scene. He would say, ‘Just get from point A to point B, whatever way you get there.’
DD: What’s it like working with Marlon Wayans?
AC: First, he’s a friend. He trusts you to come and do your thing. He trust you to be able to just go with it because he’ll just walk up and give you the situation and then tell you to go for it. He’s exhausted most of the time. He has an enormous amount of energy, but because he does, sometimes he’s just exhausted.
DD: How do you keep relevant in today’s world of entertainment?
AC: For me it’s about staying fresh. That’s my job to stay fresh. Keep it moving.
DD: Why did you want to get in this business?
AC: I’m a fan of the game. I used to love watching people like Eddie Murphy and the Wayans. I remember I could make people laugh in school. I thought to myself, ‘I could do this.’ I packed up and moved to Los Angeles.
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