Marlon Wayans: Horror and His GOP Pockets

The actor talks about his film A Haunted House, Halloween and being a Democrat despite being rich.

Essence Atkins and Marlon Wayans in a scene from A Haunted House (Open Road Films)

MW: We were so poor that I had to dress up as [my brother] Shawn for Halloween and Shawn had to dress up as me. We had the simplest costumes because we had no costumes — like, “Who are you?” “I’m-the-kid-holding-the-bag-man.” One year I put a paper bag over my face, cut out the eyes and called myself the unknown comic. Basically, we were just begging; we weren’t trick-or-treating.

My costumes are still crappy. Last year, I was Run-DMC because I wear Adidas tracksuits so much. I’m Run-DMC every year. One time I even messed my voice up and started talking like DMC.

TR: What do you think of the Scary Movie franchise now that your family has relinquished control?

MW: That’s a tough one. When we first did part one, we loved doing that movie. Part two was kind of rushed, but part three, after all of the nonsense, the [new heads] went a different way. Looking at Scary Movie II, I felt like a father that raised a wonderful child, she turns 18 and is out of your care, and she gets this new boyfriend that turns her into a crackhead. Then people start telling you, “Hey, I saw your daughter! She’s out there doing crack on the streets!” I still love her but I’m not responsible for her actions, and I keep thinking, “I raised her better than that.” That’s what I think of Scary Movie.

I wish them well with the franchise, but other than that, it’s a crackhead … with crackheads in it. You’ve got Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen in it, and that’s just a big crackhead explosion.

TR: Switching gears, it’s almost Election Day, and you said something in the past like, “The more money I make, the more the Republican financial policies make sense to me.” Do you still feel that way?

MW: I got Democrat skin but Republican pockets. It’s a total big lump of confusion. At the end of the day, I care about my country, so whatever I need to do to make our country better, I’m for that. I know who I’m voting for. Obama has kind eyes, and he’s tried. He’s about the people and America and not about the 3 percent of America that I’m a part of. Yeah, it might seem a little crazy, and I know I’m the one that’s probably going to be taxed, but if it’s going to make my country better, let’s do it.

Hillary Crosley is The Roots New York City bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter.