I would like to excerpt this entire Chris Rock interview, but I guess I won’t.
Q. So how do you strategize on your acting career, going forward? What are you looking for?
A. Iâ€™m actively trying to be in some good stuff, and mix it up and do some fun stuff too. But sometimes your fame gets in the way of what youâ€™re doing. If you get the poster for â€œGood Hair,â€ it looks like a Tyler Perry movie. It looks like a big, broad comedy. The movieâ€™s a success for a documentary, but the company that youâ€™re making it with realizes that youâ€™re really famous, and they donâ€™t promote it like a normal documentary. They kind of get greedy. [He laughs.] And in the process of that greed, they overshoot. Not that thereâ€™s any more video stores, but if you went to any place that had DVDs, itâ€™d be hard to find â€œGood Hairâ€ in the documentary section. Itâ€™s next to â€œHouse Party.â€
Q. Where does â€œGrown Ups 2â€ fall on the spectrum between good and fun?
A. This is fun and good. Dude, people love â€œGrown Ups.â€ I donâ€™t care what the critics say. Who won the Academy Award this year? â€œThe Artistâ€? Hey, â€œThe Artistâ€ was great. â€œGrown Upsâ€ is better than â€œThe Artist,â€ and itâ€™s better than â€œThe Artistâ€ â€™cause the audience says so. No film criticâ€™s going to say it, but â€œMadagascar 3â€ is better than â€œThe Artist,â€ and itâ€™s better because it makes people feel better. Thatâ€™s ultimately what it boils down to. Carrot Topâ€™s better than Mort Sahl. Is he a better writer? Are we going to jot down Carrot Topâ€™s prose 100 years from now? Iâ€™m not saying that. What Iâ€™m saying is, Carrot Top makes people feel better than Mort Sahl ever made people feel.
Q. Louis C. K., who is everywhere these days, is someone else youâ€™ve helped out and collaborated with. What do you think about his ascent?
A. I feel like Iâ€™m James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix was in my band. He was just some kid I used to beat up, and now heâ€™s back, and heâ€™s Jimi Hendrix. Is he better than me? I donâ€™t know, maybe. He used to write for so many people. â€œIâ€™m going to L.A. and take some pitch meetings, write some shows.â€ Dude, write for yourself, I would constantly tell him. And some people are funny older than they are younger. Rodney Dangerfield was that. Redd Foxx was that â€” had careers as young people but when they got older, it was, like, this guyâ€™s hysterical. And Louie, at 44, itâ€™s the sweet spot for him.