Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 01, 2009

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Marlon Wayans is stepping outside the comedy box with his new movie “G.I Joe: The Rise Of Cobra” and continuing the legacy of his famous family.

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Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Kim Wayans represent for their funny family at a Directors Guild event in Los Angeles.

“I’m blessed to have my brother (Keenan) who’s one of the great comedic visionaries as a partner and teacher. From the start, he flew us out to California and groomed us. Damon taught us about the road and how to do stand-up,” Marlon shares.

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Marlon and the cast of “G.I. Joe” traveled around the world to promote the film.

“We didn’t imagine that it would be an international hit,” he says.

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Marlon took a break from comedy for the action flick “G.I. Jo: Rise of the Cobra.”

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As the youngest of the Wayans clan, Marlon and Shawn have carved their own success in Hollywood. They share a special bond, and Marlon named his only son Shawn.

“It warms my heart every time I see my family on-set,” Marlon says.

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Marlon Wayans and his special lady Angelica Zachary were spotted last year at Keisha and Omar Epps’s baby shower, along with their two kids, Shawn Howell and Arnai Zackary.

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The baby boy of the Wayans clan has come into his own.

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The Wayans family knows all about sharing the spotlight, as Marlon and sister Kim Wayans arrive at the premiere of “Dance Flick” in May.

“My sister Kim graduated from Wesleyan with honors and my got her degree in social work after she had ten kids,” Marlon says. “With great examples like that, I have no excuses in life.”

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Marlon and his “G.I. Joe” costars Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum hit up BET’s “106 & Park” in early August, and Marlon is already on to his next project.

“I’m not one of those guys that celebrates too long. I get right back into work,” he says. "Right now, we’re writing ‘White Chicks 2.’ "

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Marlon catches up with another young star on the move, Keke Palmer, at the premiere of “Dance Flick” in May.

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Marlon and costar Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje arrive at a screening of “G.I. Joe.”

“[My character] was originally written for White actor but I was like, he’s funny, charming, athletic, he could be a Black guy,” Marlon says. “When I read scripts, I only see attributes, it’s never about the color of the character.”

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Marlon is looking forward to doing more action flicks in a field he loves.

“It’s a blessing to do what you love with who you love and how you love doing it,” he says.

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