God bless the Wayan brothers. Many may not know it, but Keenen Ivory Wayans, the older brother and example of the whole clan, was largely responsible for the inclusion and representativeness of black actors in humor even in the years. 1990, when creating, launching, writing, presenting, and the comic book program In Living Color – which ran for five seasons until 1994. Keenen began his directorial career with satire on blaxploitation films Vou Te Pegar Otário (1988), and went on to direct brothers Damon, Shawn and Marlon in a few films. Among the most famous of his repertoire are Everybody in Panic and his first sequence (2000 and 2001).
While many of its films divide critics and audiences themselves, its strong popular appeal is undeniable – something like our national comedies, which have easily accessible humor. So his latest films are however in a bad mood, much appreciated by those who grew up watching them. And that’s where As Branquelas (2004) comes in, the penultimate film Keenen signed in directing and starring Marlon and Shawn – the last (so far) was The Little One (2006). The plot is already known, two disgraced FBI agents (Shawn and Marlon) are accused of a kidnapping involving two white and blond heirs. Thus, they take the place of the girls, in a grotesque make-up, which does not care to subvert the “blackface”, and has become the “charm” of the production.
With the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, As Branquelas has a whopping 15% approval rating and has been called a “disorganized comedy that’s ridiculous and obvious.” Well, no one denies it. But that’s also not why it can’t be funny. Whether it is for guilty pleasure, the film has a score of 56 on IMDB among the general public. And with a budget of $ 37 million, it got a box office of $ 113 million worldwide. Until the trio hear fan calls and pull a sequel out of the hat, let’s find out where the film’s cast is.
Shawn Wayans (Kevin)
Shawn was in the Everybody in Panic franchise as a locked-in gay Ray and made the situation laugh. However, after unfavorable reviews of The Little One (2006), Shawn, like Keenen, put the brakes on his career, working little in recent years, and leaving the spotlight to the more famous brothers, Marlon and Damon. He participates in the parody Ela Dança com Meu Ganso (2009), making fun of dance films of the time. The film is more of a family production, with the script signed by Shawn himself and Keenen, Marlon and trio nephew Damien Dante Wayans – making his directorial debut with the film. Sadly, She Dances with My Goose is considered one of the worst movies of all time, by mainstream audiences on IMDB.
Marlon Wayans (Marcus)
Did you know that Marlon Wayans was almost the first Robin in the movies? And that was still in the days of Tim Burton’s Batman movies. Scheduled to make his debut in the original film, the character was carried over to second and then third, until Burton stepped down, and Marlon was replaced by Chris O’Donnell. But the actor would come to play a superhero in GI Joe – The Origin of Cobra (2009), in which he brought Ripcord to life. Apart from that, he continued his path in parodies without the brothers, signing the screenplay and starring in films such as Inactivity Paranormal (2013), its sequel (2014) and Fifty Shades of Black (2016); in addition to having won his own television show with the series Marlon (which lasted two seasons); and have partnered with Netflix in films such as Nu (2017) and Six Times Confusion (2019). Her next works are more serious films, such as On The Rocks (2020), the new feature film by Sofia Coppola, and Respect (2021), biography of Aretha Franklin.
Terry Crews (Latrell)
Big guy Terry Crews has appeared in three Mercenary films before, alongside Stallone and the 1980s troglodytes, but he will be forever immortalized as “Chris’s father” in the Everyone Hates Chris series. Well, if you’ve got a role that rivals popularity, this is it. Like all “cartoons,” As Branquelas needed someone to fall in love with the pair of agents in female disguise, and that was up to muscular Latrell, who remained the meme of his “fried drug dance scene.” “. While the Fourth Mercenaries don’t arrive, Crews has appeared in Deadpool 2 (2018), action drama John Henry (2020), and is a fixed cast for the Law & Disorder series (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). His next work is in the reboot of the cartoon The Animaniacs and in the animated blockbuster The League of Monsters.
Brittany Daniel (Megan)
Interestingly, Brittany Daniel has a twin sister in real life, also actress Cynthia Daniel, and with whom she starred in the series Sweet Valley High (1994-1998). She reprized her role in the cult comedy Joe Sujo (2001), in the sequel Joe Sujo 2 (2015). His latest work was on Netflix’s Black-ish (2019) and #BlackAF (2020) series.
Jennifer Carpenter (Lisa)
Within a year of appearing in comedy, Jennifer Carpenter would take off the title role in the horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005). She will follow in the genre with Quarentena (2008), remake of the Spanish REC. After that, Debra Morgan lived off the success of the Dexter program (2006-2013). She recently starred in the drama show Inimigo Interno (2019), gave voice to Sonya Blade in the Mortal Kombat Legends animation (2020), and will star alongside Amanda Seyfried, Britt Robertson, Paul Giamatti and Amy Irving. in the drama A Mouthful of Air (2021).
Busy Philipps (Karen)
The actress was known for such shows as Dawson’s Creek, Medical Service and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Most recently, he was a permanent member of Cougar Town, a series starring Courteney Cox, and in 2018 he appeared in the film Acceptance of the Sexy Body by Accident, starring Amy Schumer. His last works were in HBO’s Camping series, starring Netflix’s Jennifer Garner, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the ever-unprecedented Damage Control promised for this year.
Jessica Cauffiel (Tori)
Maybe you don’t relate the name to the person, but blonde Jessica Cauffiel was a known face in the early 2000s, for her appearances in films such as Legally Blonde (2001) and O Dia do Terror (2001). . In addition, he was present on The Drew Carrey Show series. She was also on FX’s My Name is Earl show, and will soon reprise her role as Margot in Legally Blonde 3. Cauffiel hasn’t filmed anything since 2009.
Jamie King (Heather)
Prior to As Branquelas, blonde Jamie King appeared in blockbusters like Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor and Profession of Risk, starring Johnny Depp. She has also been featured in films based on Sin City (2005), The Spirit (2008) and the horror remake Macabro Valentine’s Day (2009). She recently played herself in Eight Women and a Secret (2018) and was on the horrific Escape Route 2 and 3 (2018 and 2019), alongside Sylvester Stallone. King also starred for Netflix in the horror series Black Summer (2019). His next work is the criminal thriller Out of Death, starring Bruce Willis.
John Heard (Warren)
The late John Heard played Patriarch Warren Vandergeld in White Women. Previously, the actor had played another unforgettable cinema patriarch, Peter McCallister from Forgotten Me (1990) and Its Sequel (1992). The actor had a full line-up of over 180 credits, including films such as A Marca da Pantera (1982), Quero ser Grande (1988), Awakening Time (1990) and The Pelican Dossier (1993). One of Heard’s last “famous” works is Sharknado farofeiro (2013). Heard died in 2017 at the age of 71.
Bonus: Evangeline Lilly
Of that, I bet many didn’t know. Today, a Marvel star as Hope van Dyne in the Ant-Man films, in addition to having the Hobbit trilogy also on the program. But Lilly also saw her fair share of uncredited appearances early in her career, in films like Freddy x Jason (2003), for example. And here she simply lived as a “guest at the party,” an unnamed character. She was also a part of this Smallville series scheme, until it was discovered on Lost, and the rest is history.
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