The actor / producer / writer / director also reveals his dream roles, career choices and more in this NYT interview.
Maybe it's because his comedy albums were so formative for me or because I loved seeing him in films like Top Five and Nurse Betty, but Chris Rock has always thrilled me as an actor. Now that he's middle-aged, it's fun to see him make a big comeback with titles like Fargo's fourth season and Spiral both coming out this year.
But is this really a comeback?
Rock did comedy specials for Netflix and was in Dolemite is My Name and was also in Sandler comedy The Week Of. Aside from these titles, he has mainly shot one-time TV episodes since 2014.
Time was spent working on his family and being with his children. But now Chris Rock is back.
He sat down with the New York Times to discuss where his career has been and where it's going.
First up is Fargo. Rock expanded what was on his mind when he received the offer. "I get acting deals, but I get more hosting deals than anything else. It's not uncommon for someone to want me to do a high-priced wedding or bar mitzvah – a few years ago, me directed the wedding of Daniel Ek, the owner of Spotify, and Bruno Mars was the wedding ring. I think I was sitting next to [Mark] Zuckerberg at reception. [Laughs] I was just assuming Noah [Hawley] had such a crazy request. The only reason I left is because I love Fargo. And I get there and he offers me that part.""
It's so revealing. I can't believe he's not approached to act anymore. It seems like it has proven itself time and time again.
Regarding the roles rock wants to play, "Everything I've done wasn't great, but I've always strived for greatness. I loved Marriage history. I would kill for something like that. [Laughs] You see what [Adam] Sandler did with it Uncut gemstones. But you need to answer the call and be ready when your number is called.""
I love this honesty and this drive.
Rock wasn't always lucky with roles either. Sometimes the films he accepts fall apart.
There are a lot of movies that never happen, but the Tim Burton Superman with Nic Cage is one that a lot of talk about. It should be dark and weird and fun. It would be a dead Superman brought back to life, and he had space and all those Gothic Burton touches.
But that movie never happened.
Even though I was a fan, I had no idea Chris Rock was involved. Listen as he describes what might have been: "I was supposed to be Jimmy Olsen in Superman with Nic Cage [Superman Lives, which was canceled in the late 1990s]. I remember going to Warner Bros. to do a costume match with Tim [Burton], whom I adored. I hang out with the guy who went on Pee-wee's great adventure and he shows me the models of the sets for Superman. "
What about Chris Rock, the director? The top five were a big thing in his life. When will we see him come back on it?
It seems like in the near future. But hopefully for better reasons.
""When I made top five, I got divorced. And like most people getting divorced, I needed money. [Laughs] I had to pay for things. I went on tour too. Due to COVID, it doesn't look like there will be any serious touring until 2022. So I'm a writer, director, and actor right now. I'm working on some scripts in the top five and I honestly hope to get to direct sometime after the new year.""
I would love to see Rock step back in the director's chair. He's making the new Saw series, so watch out for that.
What are some of your favorite Chris Rock moments?
Is there a movie or TV series you want him to work on?
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