Wayans’ Chris­tian Grey will be shady and a bad lover

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY LAURI NEFF

What do you get when you take one of the year’s big­gest box of­fice hits — “Fifty Shades of Grey” — and turn it over to funny man Mar­lon Wayans?

Chris­tian Grey is turn­ing into Chris­tian Black in Wayans’ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black,” which has been picked up by Open Road Films for re­lease next Jan­uary.

Wayans, known for writ­ing and star­ring in cin­e­matic sendups like “White Chicks” and his “Scary Movie” films, says he thought it would be funny to do a comedic take on the erotic film, which is based on the novel of the same name.

“What

if

Chris­tian Grey was black and he was rich but you kind of know how he got his money, it’s kind of shady and he’s a re­ally bad lover? I mean it’s kind of sim­i­lar to the movie,” Wayans said with a laugh. “They had all th­ese scenes and I was like, a funny ver­sion of this and a funny ver­sion of that and be­fore you knew it we had a re­ally funny script.”

He was in­ter­viewed Thurs­day while pro­mot­ing the sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion TV se­ries he’s host­ing, “I Can Do That,” which airs Tues­days on NBC.

Wayans will star and co-write the “Fifty Shades” spoof with long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Rick Al­varez. The film will be di­rected by Michael Tid­des, who helmed both of Wayans’ “Haunted House” movies. He is still work­ing on his fe­male lead but says “Fifty Shades of Black” will likely fea­ture faces that fans have seen in his other films, such as Af­fion Crock­ett and Cedric the En­ter­tainer.

But don’t ex­pect any “red room of pain” in the Wayans spoof. He says in his film, the “play­room” will prob­a­bly be some­thing like “chartreuse or turquoise or some ugly ran­dom color.”

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