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What The Cast Of White Chicks Is Doing Today

The cult classic "White Chicks" was a comedy hit featuring two members of the famous Wayans family: Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The brothers starred in the film, which they co-wrote with director and older brother Keenan Ivory Wayans. Marlon and Shawn took on the roles of two FBI agents who go undercover using whiteface to save their jobs and protect two white socialite sisters, hotel heiresses Brittany and Tiffany Wilson (Maitland Ward and Anne Dudek). 

The comedy — which also stars Busy Phillips, Terry Crews, and Jennifer Carpenter — has always enjoyed a faithful cult following. "You know who loves White Chicks the most? White chicks," Marlon Wayans told Entertainment Weekly during a 2020 look back at the film. For years rumors have circulated of a "White Chicks 2" sequel but the years have come and gone without much news. So while we wait, put on some Vanessa Carlton and check out what the cast of "White Chicks" is doing today.

Shawn and Marlon Wayans - Kevin and Marcus Copeland

Shawn and Marlon Wayans are just as well known for their WB sitcom "The Wayans Bros" as they were for the comedy flicks. But after a few more films together, the brothers now seem to be pursuing separate projects. After their last parody, 2009's "Dance Flick," the brothers haven't appeared on-screen together, save for an animated episode of HBO's "Animals," per IMDB. While Marlon has continued acting, Shawn has turned his full attention to live comedy. In early 2021, he posted dates for his solo stand-up tour via Instagram. Shawn had previously embarked on a successful nationwide stand-up tour with his brothers Marlon, and Keenan and Damon Wayans (via GoodBlackNews) in 2019.

Younger brother Marlon, who has seen the most success in the acting realm, has had his own Netflix special, and starred in a 2017 sitcom, also aptly titled "Marlon." He also played all six siblings his film "Sextuplets," and, according to Deadline, will play Aretha Franklin's husband and producer Ted White in the upcoming biopic, "Respect."

Terry Crews - Latrell Spencer

Terry Crews is arguably the most recognizable cast member from "White Chicks." After playing the lovesick stalker, the former NFL player made comedy history again with his role as Cheeseburger Eddy in Adam Sandler's "The Longest Yard."

Following the Sandler film, and Mike Judge's dystopian comedy "Idiocracy," Crews was cast in some of the most popular comedy tv shows and movies. He had roles in everything from Eddie Murphy's "Norbit" to Kristen Wiig's "Bridesmaids," in addition to making primetime audiences laugh on Chris Rock's "Everybody Hates Chris." Crews currently stars on "Brooklyn 99" as Lieutenant Terry Jeffords, and recently released a book with his wife, Rebecca King Crews. In the book, called "Stronger Together," Crews opens up about family, addiction, his Black Lives Matter controversy, and being a survivor of abuse (via USA Today). In 2017, Crews became a vocal activist for the #MeToo movement after revealing he had been a victim of sexual abuse earlier in his career (via The Guardian).

Frankie Faison - Chief Elliot Gordon

Character actor Frankie Faison is an esteemed staple of feature films and television. Before "White Chicks," he was recognized for his roles in "Do The Right Thing," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Coming To America," and "Manhunter," to name just a few. Shortly after working with the Wayans brothers, he starred in "The Wire" as the deceptive Commissioner Burrell. Faison has also appeared on "Blue Bloods," "One Life To Live," "The Good Wife," and is a regular on "Grey's Anatomy" as Miranda Bailey's (Chandra Wilson) father, William Bailey. If you're watching TV, chances are you've seen Frankie Faison lately.

The actor's recent film projects include the thought-provoking drama, "The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain." Faison plays the title character, Chamberlain, an elderly black man with bipolar disorder who is killed by police during a routine welfare check. The film, which is based on a true story, was produced by Morgan Freeman's company, and premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2019 (per Deadline).

Busy Phillips - Karen

Busy Phillips has transformed her career multiple times. Prior to "White Chicks," she was well known for her roles in teen dramas like "Freaks and Geeks" and "Dawson's Creek." After the film, she had supporting roles in several rom-coms, including "He's Just Not That Into You," and "Made of Honor." In 2018, Phillips became a late-night host for her E! Network talk show, "Busy Tonight." She teamed up with Tina Fey to produce the show, which was canceled after one season (via The Hollywood Reporter).

As Phillips worked on the show, she also became an Instagram star for her fashion. Following its cancellation, Phillips announced she was retiring from acting to focus on her social media presence and to promote her memoir, "This Will Only Hurt A Little"; she later clarified during an interview with Shondaland that her retirement wasn't due to the show's cancellation. Phillips has made headlines recently for her return to acting in the Tina Fey musical comedy series "Girls5Eva," which premiered on Peacock in May. Phillips stars alongside Paula Pell, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Sarah Bareilles as a '90s girl group trying to make a comeback.

Jennifer Carpenter - Lisa

Jennifer Carpenter, who played clueless friend Lisa, has found her footing outside of comedy. After "White Chicks," Carpenter starred in the horror "The Exorcism of Emily of Rose" and as the reporter Angela Vidal in the 2008 horror remake "Quarantine." Beginning in 2006, she was cast as the second lead in "Dexter," playing the serial killer's sister, Debra Morgan. When "Dexter" ended in 2013, her character was thought to be dead, though a recent picture from her Instagram has fans wondering if Carpenter will reprise her role for the upcoming reboot. TVWeb recently scrutinized the photo, which shows Carpenter on set, wearing clothes similar to those that Debra preferred on the show. The "Dexter" reboot is currently shooting in Massachusetts. If she returns, Jennifer Carpenter will be part of a 10-episode run which is said to ebb the damage done by the Showtime series' original ending, which people hated it.

With so many of the cast occupied on exciting projects, it looks like we'll need to keep holding on to our poodles before we see a "White Chicks 2" with these comedy stars.