Why Marlon Wayans almost turned down Requiem For A Dream

Marlon Wayans explains why he almost turned down Requiem for a Dream and what eventually convinced him to join the psychological drama.

Marlon Wayans tells why he almost turned down Requiem for a dream and what eventually convinced him to get involved in the psychological drama. Aided by Darren Aronofsky, the film centers on Sara, Harry, Tyrone and Marion, four people in New York City who struggle with various forms of addiction, the first of whom becomes addicted to amphetamines in hopes of losing weight before a game show while the last three are heroin addicts and sell drugs in hopes of getting out. Despite their different ambitions, Requiem for a dream describes their deterioration under the weight of their ambitions.


Ellen Burstyn led the ensemble cast of Requiem for a dream as Sara alongside Jared Leto as Harry, Jennifer Connelly as Marion, Marlon Wayans as Tyrone, Christopher McDonald, Mark Margolis, Louise Lasser, Marcia Jean Kurtz and Keith David. The film received critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike for Aronofsky’s stylish directing, layered screenplay, Clint Mansell’s musical score, and its cast’s performances, namely Burstyn who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Requiem for a dream is generally credited with helping bolster Leto’s soaring acting career and launching Aronofsky into the limelight.

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While exploring many of his iconic characters with GQMarlon Wayans revealed he almost turned down starring Requiem for a dream† The actor explained that his aversion to writing his character was the reason he almost passed on the part, but after seeing one of Aronofsky’s films, he was interested to see what the filmmaker’s vision was for the film. . Check out what Wayans shared below:

“I read the script for Requiem, I was crazy as a black man. ‘Brothers don’t talk like that,’ I was offended. Come on, who’s still talking jive? This is from 1990. How about updating the language?’ But this is a Hubert Selby book and they wanted to be authentic. I didn’t really feel it, my agent said, ‘You need to read this again. I’ll send you the book.’ I read this book and it was the same. Then they sent the movie Pi, and when I saw the movie Pi, I immediately thought, ‘Wow, this director is amazing. I want to know what his vision is.’ †

Marlon Wayans in Requiem for a Dream

As Wayans points out, Requiem for a dream was based on the 1970s novel by Hubert Selby Jr., which was also integral to the film’s development with Aronofsky, having written a script adaptation years before the director approached him. Since there was a two-decade difference between when Selby Jr. first wrote the novel and the moment the movie came into being, it is understandable that there would be a big difference in character personalities and language during that time. Additionally, since Aronofsky clearly wants to be as faithful as possible to the source material, it’s understandable that he and Selby Jr. would choose to stay as close to the original language as possible, even if it feels outdated to some of its characters.

Despite his initial reservations about the project, Requiem for a dream would prove to be a strong move for Wayans as he gets critical acclaim for his performance as a drug dealer looking to escape the ghetto and gain his mother’s acceptance. Though Wayans has remained mostly in the comedy genre since then, with the films he co-written ranging from White girls until Scary Moviehe occasionally returned to the scene with well-received roles in On the rocks and the Aretha Franklin biopic respect† The audience can rewatch Wayans’ performance with Requiem for a dream streaming now on Tubi.

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Source: GQ

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