DAMIEN WAYANS ('Tec')
Can you describe your role in "Malibu's Most Wanted?"
I play Tec. I'm one of the guys who tries to scare the black out of B-Rad. You know, [I'm] pretty menacing, pretty domineering. I have a gun, that helps. I have biceps, that helps. What else? I think it was written stereotypical, your average gang-banger. I wanted to bring a Wayans touch to it. Throw a little comedic humor to a gang-banger. I don't think we've seen that recently and I think that came across.
Is Jamie Kennedy going to encourage people to rap?
I think he's going to encourage everybody to make an a** out of themselves.
What's it like to work with Jamie Kennedy?
He's great. He's an exceptional talent. I think he's one to reckon with in the years to come.
He wrote the script and acted in it. How much freedom did he give you, being he was the writer?
A lot of freedom. He's basically hired all of us to do what we do and bring to it our own edge, and I think that's what I tried to do.
What did you bring to it?
I think I bring a little Wayans-esque to it. Hopefully that comes across, and hopefully everybody enjoys it.
What's up next for you?
Right now I'm going on hiatus. I work for a show called My Wife and Kids - I'm a writer and director over there. We're about to go down for a couple of months. Then the Wayans family has a couple more projects in development. Within the next year or two, you should be hearing a lot of noise from us.
So out of writing, directing, and acting, which one are you more passionate about?
I'm passionate about it all. When one's not knocking, I'm over there doing something else. When I'm not writing, I'm directing. When I'm not directing, I'm acting.
Can you ever see a point where you'd just take one and not do any of the others?
Maybe when I'm old and gray, but as of right now, I'm young and fertile and I've got the energy to do it all.
Young Dre at the Premiere of "Malibu's Most Wanted"
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What's your involvement with "Malibu's Most Wanted?"
We've got a record dropping on Interscope Records. We're on the soundtrack for Malibu's Most Wanted, and we made our first film appearance besides My Baby's Mama. We're just supporting and looking out for Jamie, and working on Jamie's comedy album coming out soon. We're supporting.
How did you get hooked up with Jamie?
Mutual people, mutual friends, and then a publishing company, a friend of mine, put our people together. I went down there and met him and he loved me. He was like, Oh, you got to be in this movie.
What's your character in the film?
I kind of play myself, I kind of play Young Dre. I'm one of the rappers that's opposition for Jamie, that's kind of looking at Jamie like, Come on, man. Be for real, white dude. You're not really trying to be a gangsta rapper, are you? So we have a rap off, a battle, then I say, I'm not battling him. I'm kind of his opposition but I'm looking at him kind of laughing.
What are real rappers going to think of Jamie?
Real rappers are going to love it. We're going to love it. He's the truth with this. It's obviously inspired by our culture and everything we built, and it's a part of his culture. We love it. He's clowning. I love it.
Did he give you any freedom with your lines?
Oh yeah. He gave me total freedom. Jamie was pretty much, Do what you want to do. Jamie's like, You're here to do it, do what you want to do. If you want to blow, if you want to drink, if you want to do it - do it. But he pretty much gave me all the freedom in the world. If it was up to him, we would have shot this movie another two months.
Are you going to do more acting?
Oh of course. I'm in Eddie Griffin's film, My Baby's Mama, coming out in September. And we've got another film I'm kind of trying to go up for the lead for, I don't want to spill it yet until I get it - but it's looking good. A few TV shows, The Shield and NYPD Blue. We're starting to get it.
Do you see yourself as an action star?
Oh definitely. I'll multitask. We can do action, comedy, we can do karate, we can fight, we can keep it 'hood. I'm just excited to be involved with this and it's going down very lovely.