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Destitute times call for desperate measures, and a series of desperately outrageous attempts by a penniless young college student to keep his poor family afloat lie at the center of SENSELESS, a fresh comedy with heart
Destitute times call for desperate measures, and a series of desperately
outrageous attempts by a penniless young college student to keep
his poor family afloat lie at the center of SENSELESS, a fresh
comedy with heart.
Marion Wayans stars as Darryl Witherspoon, a BedStuy kid
who has made it all the way to the top of his economics class
at Stratford University only to have personal economics threaten
his future and his family's survival. While his classmates are
mostly bankers' and lawyers' sons, Darryl is the son of a single
mom and she's relying on Darryl to change his brothers and sisters
There's a lot of dirty jobs out there but Darryl Witherspoon never
says die. When opportunity strikes in the form of a highpaying
medical experiment that no one else will participate in, Darryl
is his usual fearless self. Little does he know that this experiment
will wreak havoc on every single one of his senses
except the most important one: his sense of doing the right thing.
The role of Darryl Witherspoon gives the upandcoming
Wayans, who is the youngest member of the Wayans family and star
of the hit television series "The Wayans Brothers,"
an opportunity to demonstrate his wild style of comedy
part Buster Keaton slapstick, part rubberfaced mimicry,
part hip wit while staying true to themes close to
his own heart and soul.
Says Wayans: "The story is about a guy who learns that working
hard pays off but only if you don't pretend to be something you're
not. Super sight means nothing if you're not a super person. That's
what it takes to really get people to love and respect you."
Marion Wayans stars in the Dimension Films comedy SENSELESS, directed
by Penelope Spheeris from a script by Greg Erb & Craig Mazin.
David Hoberman is the producer of the film which also stars Matthew
Lillard, David Spade, Rip Torn, Brad Dourif and newcomer Tamara
Taylor. Eric L. Gold and Don Carmody are the executive producers.
Peter Safran is the coexecutive producer and Albert Beveridge
is the coproducer.
The lead character of SENSELESS is a wily underdog who runs up
against all kinds of tricky problems as he simply tries to survive.
But Darryl has a very clear motivation the mother
he adores and the brothers and sisters he's hoping will have an
easier time in life.
"I used my brother Keenen to base Darryl's drive on,"
explains Wayans, who at 25 is the youngest of the five performing
siblings (including brothers Damon and Shawn and sister Kim).
"Keener was the first Wayans to make it, and I watched him
struggle to get ahead and then turn around to help the family.
I approached role as if I was Keenen helping my mother and family
out of the projects while dealing with tremendous pressure. Whatever
else is happening to him, that's always Darryl's main goal: to
help his family."
Similar to Wayans, director Penelope Spheeris was drawn to SENSELESS's
intriguing mixture of comedy, college campus humor, and the uplifting
story of a kid triumphing, albeit in very funny ways, over his
Known for such film comedies as "Wayne's World""
and "The Little Rascals" as well as the definitive youth
culture documentary "The Decline Of Western Civilization,"
Spheeris suspected that her highspirited view of comedy
might be a goo
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