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THE MOVIE: Malibu’s Most Wanted

Jamie Kennedy • Anthony Anderson • Taye Diggs • Ryan O’Neal
DIRECTOR: John Whitesell

Brad ‘B-Rad’ Gluckman, whose father Bill is running for Governor, is a wannabe white rap artist from Malibu, who acts and talks like he’s from the Hood. Bill’s campaign manager hires two classically trained black actors to pretend to be street thugs to kidnap B-Rad and scare him back to being White.

U.S. RELEASE: April 18 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“B-Rad is not based on Eminem whatsoever, he’s based on my own experiences. Eminem just happens to be the biggest rapper in the world right now, and he’s white. I based the character partially on me, and partially on a kid I used to see in a posh Hollywood coffee shop. He was hanging out there going, ‘Fool, you don’t know my struggles.’ And he’d get in his Bentley and drive to Beverly Hills. I just thought that was a ridiculous, amazing thing, and I thought, ‘How can I juxtaposition that more?’ So I made him from Malibu.”

“I loved the subject matter, the whole satirical set up of Jamie’s character and my character [as the actor]. Taye [Diggs] and I are fish out of water. Here we are, these classically trained actors who have no sense of their essence or of their blackness, hired to become these characters that they know nothing about. And to scare the black out of somebody who’s more black than we are – it was just so wild on every level.”

“Every day on the set is fun when you’re surrounded by experienced comedians like Anthony and Jamie. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to bounce off of their energy. We would sit behind the video monitors watching our takes, laughing at how far we could push the humor.”

Malibu shows how infections hip-hop music is, and how much it has transcended the community in which it was created. Kids are attracted to the culture of hip-hop in large part because the music derives from a very exciting, physical, gut-wrenching, down-and-dirty emotional beat, and the lyrics come from the heart.”

RYAN O’NEAL (Bill Gluckman):
“Brad is a handful for Bill because they’re not on the same wavelength at all. In fact, Bill’s not sure what wavelength Brad’s on.”

ANTHONY ANDERSON on the street lingo used in the movie:
“[laughs] I needed a dictionary for what the four white guys who wrote the script wrote for me! They ain’t been watching BET [Black Entertainment Television], because we don’t say that!

“I hope people think it’s a satire – there’s a lot of social commentary in it. B-Rad is asked about how he learned about the Hood and he says, ‘BET.’ I was raised on television and I was really bummed out when I found I couldn’t solve a problem in thirty minutes. So that’s what it’s a comment on, about learning things from TV, instead of living the things.”

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