Film JerkIn 1990, Keenan Ivory Wayans was able to build upon the mild box office success of "I'm Gonna Get You, Sucka!" by creating a new sketch comedy show for Fox, "In Living Color." For five seasons, Wayans and his talented cast created a number of memorable characters including Herman Simpson, better known as Homey The Clown. Damon Wayans portrayed the ex-con turned petulant entertainer, with his balding red hair, baggy yellow and orange clown suit with large pompom buttons and oversized shoes. Nine years after the ground-breaking show left the airwaves, Damon and Keenen Ivory Wayans will team together to bring “Homey The Clown” to the big screen in 2004.
How quickly has this project come together? The screenplay, co-written by the Wayans brothers along with “Major Payne” co-scribe Dean Lorey, was turned into the Fox brass ten days ago, March 28, and the Wayans already have a green light to begin shooting in Los Angeles starting in May. The story will follow Homey as he takes a job at the City of Angels Children Center, an inner city children's shelter, run by the beautiful Denise Parsons. Homey’s nemesis, The Man, will take physical form in D.A. Mann, a self-serving, smarmy district attorney currently running for Mayor. It was Mann who helped Homey get this job working at the shelter and promised major funding for the center to Denise, but Mann is far more interested in raising his polling than he is in the children's welfare, and threatens to cut off the funding when he realizes he’s just not getting enough good spin out of the announcement. Will Homey be able to save the Center and get Denise to fall in love with him?
YIKES! This is starting to sound like a bad SNL skit stretched out to feature length, isn’t it? We certainly hope not, especially from the brain trust that brought us Men on Film, the Homeboy Shopping Network, the Loomis Simmons Psychic Line, The Wrath of Farrakhan, Tom and Tom The Brothers Brothers and Three Champs and a Baby. At least we know it can’t be worse than “The Ladies Man,” right? Right?
”Homey The Clown” Scorecard
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Writers: Dean Lorey, Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Producers: Rick Alvarez, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Casting Director: Mali Finn
Production Start Date: May 2003
Shooting Locations: Los Angeles
Distributor: 20th-Century Fox
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