Join America’s original buddy cop duo as they take you on a thrill ride filled with comedy, action and heart as LETHAL WEAPON: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON comes to Blu-rayTM and DVD on 25th September. Based on the hit movie franchise, LETHAL WEAPON tells the story of Martin Riggs, played by Clayne Crawford, a slightly unbalanced former Navy SEAL who teams up on the Los Angeles police force with veteran detective Roger Murtaugh, played by Damon Wayans.
Damon isn’t the only successful actor in the Wayans family, he’s part of an acting dynasty who also include Shawn and Marlon. To celebrate the release we take a look at some of the Wayans family’s most hilarious and memorable roles.
White Chicks (2004)
Arguably one of the best Wayans family film, White Chicks sees two FBI agent brothers, Marcus (Marlon Wayans) and Kevin Copeland (Shawn Wayans), accidentally foil a drug bust. As punishment, they are forced to escort a pair of socialites (Maitland Ward, Anne Dudek) to the Hamptons, however things don’t go to plan so Marcus and Kevin decide to pose as the sisters, transforming themselves from African-American men into a pair of blonde, white women. Tongue in cheek hilarity ensues and leaves the audience with some witty one-liners in the modern American classic.
Scary Movie (2000)
An unexpected box office success, Scary Movie set the standard for parodying and roasting the most popular cultural and iconic moments from television and film. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and starring Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, Scary Movie takes aim at 90s classics, such as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Sixth Sense, The Matrix, and The Blair Witch Project.
With the surplus of superhero films and television shows out at the moment, we can’t forget the 1994 superhero comedy Blankman. Starring Damon Wayans as Darryl Walker and Damon’s two sons Damon Wayans Jr. and Michael Wayans, Blankman follows Darryl, a Batman fanatic and clumsy nerdy repairman who is also an undercover genius. After realising all of his city’s issues, Darryl is inspired to become a vigilante super hero named Blankman. Creating a bulletproof overcoat and custom weapons and gadgets, Darryl sets out to end the corruption of the city.
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Keenen Ivory Wayans feature film directorial debut and starring himself and brother Damon Wayans, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka is a parody of “blaxploitation.” The film follows a black hero wannabe known as Jack Spade (Keenen Ivory) who reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big, the neighbourhood chain lord responsible for the epidemic that claimed Spade’s brother’s life.
Major Payne (1995)
Major Payne, a 1995 comedy starring Damon Wayans as Maj. Benson Payne delivers all the one liners you may need when trying to whip someone into shape with sheer fear. When Maj. Benson Payne is honourably discharged from the Marines due to the lack of wars; this live, breathe and dream war veteran has a tough time adjusting to a quiet civilian life. That is until he is hired to train a group of slacker Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students who would rather mess about than train.
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
If you’re a fan of the Wayans family, this 1996 parody comedy is an underrated must. Starring Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans and Craig Wayans,
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood spoofs a number of classic African American films such as Juice, Jungle Fever, Boyz n the Hood, Menace II Society and Above the Rim. The film follows Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) as he returns to the place he grew up, the inner city, to live with his father. During his time back, Ashtray receives some valuable and crazy lessons about life on the streets from his old friends.
LETHAL WEAPON: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON comes to Blu-ray TM and DVD on 25 September, 2017.