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LITTLE MAN

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Little Man is the brainchild of comedy innovators Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans — the most successful African-American filmmakers in cinema history. The initial spark for a story about a baby-like criminal came from a trip to the video store. "I saw a cover for a horror movie called Test Tube Baby,” recalls director/writer/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans. "I thought it was a funny idea — what if something went wrong with the first test tube baby and he didn't come out quite right?”

Writer/producer/star Shawn Wayans adds, "That was one crazy movie, but it sparked an idea in Keenen. We thought ‘there's something funny there,' so we decided to kick it around for a while.”

The brothers soon devised all kinds of outrageous situations for the grown-up "baby” including a toddler car chase and a raucous hockey game. "Once I'd gotten the image in my head, it was all about building a life for the little guy and figuring out a plot and a story,” explains Keenen.

According to writer/producer/star Marlon Wayans, "As it developed, it turned into a truly funny script. When people read it they ask what we get high on to come up with our ideas and I tell them — green tea and Snickerdoodles.”

"Yeah, we get the green tea going and it takes on a life of its own,” laughs Shawn. "Our development process is strange and very involved,” admits Marlon. "We just let our minds roll free. I have to admit that our ideas are getting stranger and stranger as we go along. So far I've played a white woman and a little person. I'm kind of scared to think what my brothers will have me doing next. Who knows, it'll probably be a little white alien.”

Little Man evolved into something of an homage to the Bugs Bunny cartoon Baby Finster. "The Wayans brothers are very much into things like The Little Rascals, Bugs Bunny and The Three Stooges,” explains producer Rick Alvarez, who runs Wayans Bros. Productions and is their long-time producing partner. "We'd always wanted to do a very slapstick-type of movie and the guys came to me one day and said, ‘Why don't we do something with Marlon as a little jewel thief?'”

"Coming up with an idea for a movie is never a problem for the Wayans brothers,” Alvarez continues. "They've got a million ideas, but there's always one that breaks through and we all get really excited about. We loved the concept of literally shrinking Marlon down to someone who was two and a half feet tall.”

The team has also wanted a project in which Shawn plays a dad. "The guys have always loved movies about families adopting kids or about an unlikely parent with a kid who changes his life,” admits Alvarez. "So, we thought it'd be a lot of fun if Shawn mistook Marlon for a baby. The family story surrounding Shawn's character really brings heart to the movie because he's playing a guy who wasn't very close to his own dad and wants to give his kid what he never had.”

Logistically, Alvarez and the Wayans brothers knew it would be a challenge to turn 6'2” Marlon Wayans into a character who stands 2'6”. "What it meant was that we would be making a comedy that was actually a visual effects film,” says Alvarez. "It was a bit of a stretch — or do I mean a bit of a shrink? Anyway, Keenen was the one who decided he'd find a little person and literally attach Marlon's head to his body.”

The Wayans brothers delivered the Little Man script to Revolution Studios (for whom they'd made the successful White Chicks) in April of 2005 and shooting began less than six months later. "Whenever we put together a Wayans brothers film, we're always looking to one-up what we'd done before,” admits Alvarez. "With White Chicks, we turned these two African-American men into young white women. With Little Man we went from makeup effects to visual effects. When we started, we expected to have

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