Fox Green Lights ‘Let’s Be Cops’ For Damon Wayans Jr. And Jake Johnson
These Wayans, they just keep coming. 20th Century Fox has set Happy Endings star Damon Wayans Jr.and New Girl’s Jake Johnson to star in Let’s Be Cops, a comedy that Luke Greenfield will direct. He wrote the script with writing partner Nick Thomas, based on a pitch he sold to the studio. Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films and Greenfield will produce.
The film is about two best friends looking for a little more out of life. They impersonate cops for kicks, but when they unknowingly mess with a real mobster, the game gets real. Casting is getting underway on the other roles.
The first generation of Wayans siblings, including Keenen, Kim, Marlon, Shawn and their six siblings, grew up in abject poverty, which, they say, is a source of comic inspiration. Even some members of the family’s second generation struggled—but not Damon Wayans Jr. Watch as this stand-up comedian and star of ABC’s Happy Endings cracks jokes about his privileged upbringing.
The Guys of “Happy Endings” Answer Relationship Questions
The male stars of the hit ABC show Happy Endings—Damon Wayans Jr., Zach Knighton, and Adam Pally—answer all your puzzling male-behavior questions. In detail!
Why are guys so afraid of the phone? What’s up with texting only? —Caitlin, 25 DAMON: It’s just easier. ZACH: It’s more efficient. ADAM: I hate getting a voice mail. I’m not going to listen to your message so I can hear what you’re about to tell me when I call you back. I mean, when you’re starting to date, you’re on the phone; you put your best foot forward. But if a guy is only texting you, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like you. DAMON: Unless there’s a top-out to the number of words. If he just says, “Hey,” “OK,” “Yeah,” “You up?”—no good. Just say, “I’d rather you call me.” If he likes you, he’ll adjust.
Is my husband thinking of me when he’s masturbating? And when does he even have time to? —Julie, 38 ZACH: There’s always time. ADAM: I’ve had the flu, with a 105-degree fever, and I’ve said to my wife, “Can you please go out for cough syrup?” And when she did, I jerked off. Twice. Do I think of my wife? Most of the time, no. Sometimes, yes. But, really, no. DAMON: No. Unless you haven’t seen her for a long time, you’re not going to “use” her. ADAM: And you have to masturbate. If I couldn’t, I’d be, like, a crazy person with a machete. DAMON: And an erection. A machete and a boner. ADAM: Not good.
Damon Wayans, Jr. on ‘Happy Endings’ Season 3 & ‘In Living Color’
One of the happiest parts of “Happy Endings” is Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Jane (Eliza Coupe), the married couple. Brad gets giddy with their little schticks and he’s even having a good time being unemployed, although Jane gets kind of stressed out trying to make everything work out for everyone else.
Earlier this year, we got to chat with Wayans about “Happy Endings,” his stint on the “New Girl” pilot and his participation in his uncle Keenen Ivory Wayans’ “In Living Color” reboot. CraveOnline: If the Kerkovich Way rears its head again, will Brad know how to handle it this time?
Damon Wayans, Jr.: I feel like he will try, but he will fail and she will somehow pull the wool over his eyes.
CraveOnline: She’s got to have more tricks, right? We only saw the beginning of it.
Damon Wayans, Jr.: Yeah, I can’t wait. I really feel like we’re making a lot of room for comedy in this season. The fact that Brad’s unemployed, as far as Brad and Jane go, there’s a lot of room for us to have the role switching, a bit of me not having the stability of having a job and having to pick oddball jobs, dealing with Max (Adam Pally) who’s a professional unemployed person. It’ll be good to see what happens.
CraveOnline: What other crazy jobs would you like to see Brad have?
Damon Wayans, Jr.: I don’t know, maybe like some Pulp Fiction. He could be a hitman. Maybe just a contract killer, maybe a professional superhero. A model, like some nude painting classes, posing like in Titanic.
Damon Wayans Jr. considers his character, Brad, on “Happy Endings,” ABC’s Tuesday comedy …
“I describe him as very fun-loving,” he tells Zap2it. “He is happily married and very comfortable with his sexuality, to the point — you know what?
“Brad is basically a girl,” he adds. “He is a lesbian. He is just one of those guys, he met this woman who opened him to the finer things in life.”
Wayans, who looks and sounds like his famous dad, began on his father’s sitcom, “My Wife and Kids.”
“I used to do punch-up writing for my dad’s TV show,” he says. “I would sit on the sidelines and pitch jokes between takes. It was all optional; if he wants, he will take it.”
That led to Wayans’ two careers, in stand-up and writing.
“I honestly fell into all that stuff, especially because English is one of my worst subjects,” he says. “I never had an opinion on essays; what did the other guy say? Then I connected with the art of storytelling.”
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