About The Characters
SENSELESS mixes a wide variety of humor styles along with a veteran
cast of extremely versatile comic talents. Yet each shared in
common one thing: a desire to work with Marlon Wayans, whose comic
range and physical gifts seem to have the ability to turn a simple
pratfall into wild twists, turns and discombobulations that defy
Matthew Lillard, whose savage but satirical role in the horror
hit "Scream" drew its share of praise, plays Tim, Darryl's
wellmeaning, Zenphilosophyspewing yet totally
confused roommate. He observes about Marlon: "You don't see
many comedians who can do physical comedy much any more. I think
of Jerry Lewis, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx brothers,
and now perhaps Jim Carrey. Yet he's not just about laughs. Marlon
can kill you with laughter, then turn around and pull your heartstrings
"Marion is very, very funny," adds Rip Torn, who most
recently has garnered accolades for his comedic role on "The
Larry Sanders Show." "I pride myself on being able to
keep a straight face in a scene where someone else is stealing
it with humor. But there's a scene in this film where Marlon is
dancing the tango with another guy that had me in stitches. The
sound man had to tell me to keep it down."
Tamara Taylor, who recently was a regular on the series "Party
of Five" and makes her film debut in SENSELESS, summarizes:
"There is no end to what Marlon can do. He hits the ground
without nets or pads, curls up like a pretzel and walks away unscathed.
I have no idea how he does it."
Throughout SENSELESS, Marlon Wayan's clever, contortionoriented
comedy is contrasted most heavily with that of David Spade, who
plays his archrival: spoiled fret boy Scott Thorpe. Thorpe is
the antithesis of Darryl Witherspoon where Darryl
has had to work triplehard for everything he's achieved
in life, Scott has had it all handed to him on a silver platter.
Their rivalry leads to comic opportunties as Wayans' freewheeling
style matches with Spade's talent for portraying characters with
unfounded superiority complexes. Spade is best known for his sharptongued
wit, showcased for years on television's "Saturday Night
Live," as well as such films as "The Coneheads"
and "Black Sheep," also directed by Penelope Spheeris
and costarring Chris Farley. Currently, Spade is starring
on the highlyrated NBC comedy hit, "Just Shoot Me."
"David Spade is great with improvisation, plus he's a great
foil for Marion," says producer Hoberman. "He makes
for a good bad guy."
"He is just so cool," adds Marion Wayans. "David
is funny and so droll. There are so many different kinds of comedy
in this movie, and his is great because it makes his character
so condescending and snide. David Spade is a classic at what he
does, just like everybody in SENSELESS."
Ultimately, by assembling a team of actors and filmmakers with
an affinity for seeing the funny side of adversity, SENSELESS
tells the ageold story of a poor young man besting his wealthy
peers with a tender twist. For even as Darryl Witherspoon weathers
the tumult of too little money and too much sensation, even as
he slips and slides from one chaotic situation to the next, he
always somehow hangs onto his heart.
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