With more than three decades in the industry and more than 30 movies under his belt, it's surprising to know Marlon Wayans just recently starred in his very first family film — The Curse of Bridge Hollow. The new Netflix horror comedy, which Marlon also coproduced, follows a family who moved from Brooklyn to a small town in New England. Everything seems to be going right...that is, until things begin to go horribly wrong. As Halloween decorations start coming to life and terrorizing the town, Marlon and his onscreen family (Kelly Rowland and Stranger Things' Priah Ferguson) are forced to face their fears head on and save their new community.
I sat down to chat with the multi-faceted entertainer (actor/writer/comedian/producer) for our Then & Now interview series to discuss his latest movie, as well as some big-name projects from his past.
THEN: Scary Movie was our first introduction to you in a horror film. You cowrote and starred in the film with your brother Shawn, while Keenen directed it. There has always been this stigma around doing business with family, but the Wayans have proven time and time again that it can work. What has been the hardest and easiest part about working with your family?
NOW: The Curse of Bridge Hollow is your first family film. What made you want to venture into the PG realm? And did you face any challenges performing tamer comedy?
THEN: After starring in the Scary Movie franchise together, you and Regina Hall reunited in Netflix’s Naked with her as your love interest. You two have remained friends in the business for years. Have you ever given each other advice or words of encouragement when you weren’t feeling at your best?
NOW: In The Curse of Bridge Hollow, Kelly Rowland is your leading lady. What was one of your favorite memories on set with her? And what’s one thing you learned about Kelly that might surprise people?
THEN: When it comes to social media, you never shy away from posting your kids, whether it’s in support of them or to embarrass them. How has fatherhood helped mold you into the man you are today?
MW: It's everything! I think it identifies you. I think the man you are to your children is important, because that's the man that's healing the kid that was hurt from the man from your childhood. You get to redo what your parents did and give that to your children. I gave my children all the love that I could possibly give and I'm looking forward to one day when they have kids, for them to do better than I did. I would say my most important job has been being a father.