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The Wayans family gives credit where credit is due. Though he was a writer on Dance Flick, Shawn Wayans credited his nephew, Damon Wayans Jr., with one of the film’s biggest laughs. He stops hitting on the female lead when a group of African-American women walk by.
Shawn Wayans on Dance Flick
“He added that in the audition,” Shawn said. “That’s what got him the part pretty much. No really, he worked really hard. We didn’t want to make it too Wayans-y. we were actually trying to look for somebody else and he came in and red. We let him come back again and the second time he came back and read, he just blew us away.”
Dance Flick remained a family effort. “Usually if Keenan is there, he’s heading the writer’s room. He’s steering us in the right direction. Then if Keenan’s not there, then it’s me and Marlon running the writer’s room.”
The family faces stiff competition on opening weekend against Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Terminator Salvation. “Of course you want it to do well at the box office but you also want the fans to come out of there going, ‘That was a funny movie.’”