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Chris Tucker, Disappointed With Roles Offered Him In Recent Years, Plots A Comeback!

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 18, 2011 6:55 AM
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He says nothing was specifically responsible for his detour, except disappointment with the roles offered him. And Mr. Tucker, who on Friday will begin his own cross-country comedy tour in preparation for what he says will be bigger things to come, is supremely confident that he can pick up exactly where he left off... “When I got to ‘Rush Hour,’ ” he said, “I felt like: O.K., I’ve proven myself as the pinnacle. Now where’s all the bigger movies?” Instead, he said, the parts he was offered were too similar to “Rush Hour” and “frankly, just weren’t good enough.” So Mr. Tucker said he simply sat it out, rather than accept projects to stay in the public eye. Mr. Tucker did not provide details about the film projects he was developing for himself and hoped to get into production later this year. Asked to name an actor whose career he wished to emulate, he immediately said Sidney Poitier, citing “The Defiant Ones” as a movie that “meant something.” “It was what was going on in real life,” Mr. Tucker said. “It’s social, real stuff, and I like movies like that.”

From a New York Times profile of Chris Tucker, posted earlier today, as he prepares to go on a comedy tour, answering a question that many keep asking - what happened to Chris Tucker?.

In the piece, you'll also learn about how F. Gary Gray had to fight for Tucker to get his Friday role over actors who were better known at the time, like, surprisingly Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson. That got an eyebrow raise from me - especially the Chris Rock part. Nah, Tucker made that flick his own. With these other two cats, I'm not so sure it's the same movie. But we'll never know now will we?

But good to know he held out and has been patient with the roles he took after he blew up, even if it meant not working for awhile. Though he certainly could afford to do so, given the huge checks he received in the latter installments of the Rush Hour franchise.

Although, one thing Chris refused to talk about with the NY Times is the reported $11 million in taxes he's said to owe.

Also good to know that he's developing his own projects, instead of having to choose from unattractive roles.

You can read the full piece HERE

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  • Ghost | August 21, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    Mr. Tucker has consistently played buffoon rolls and he’s now wondering why he’s not offered the roll of Nelson Mandela???


    Well that happens. Bill Bellamy went through the same thing after doing How To Be A Player. He got 20 roles and they were all like Dray from that movie.

    Look at what Marlon Wayans is going through. A LOT of folks refused to see GI Joe or Dungeon & Dragons because of him.

    The same folks who didn't see him in Requim for a Dream. You saw that and you knew the boy could act.

    He’s got an audience so if he can’t capitalise on it then he has no-one to blame but himself.

    Well it's hard to do if the venues that showcased you stop doing it. Doors get closed on you.

    He's on the cover of Jet for Rush Hour yet he's ignored if he's starring in a white or indy film.

  • misha | August 20, 2011 6:11 AMReply

    Chris Rock as Smokey? *scratches head while looking befuddled* Tucker was clearly the right man for the role...he was the star of that film.

    Anyhow, I'm a big fan so I'm wishing him well!

  • Marnann | August 19, 2011 12:19 PMReply

    I missed you,brotha!! You're one of my favorite comedian!! Welcome back and i wish you all the success....God Bless!!

  • Tahje | August 19, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    Mr. Tucker has consistently played buffoon rolls and he's now wondering why he's not offered the roll of Nelson Mandela???

  • Neziah | August 18, 2011 11:39 AMReply

    He needs to work with The Hughes Brothers or Quentin Tarantino again!!!

  • Monique | August 18, 2011 10:23 AMReply

    I think you guys have said most of what I wanted to say but I'm glad he is stepping back into the game. I respect that he didn't take the easy road, and that would have been to take those roles he knew "just wasn't working for him."

    Glad to have ya back Chris! Bring it!

  • Cynthia | August 18, 2011 9:10 AMReply

    I'm confused...Why didn't he just make his own projects? If I recall, at one point he was the highest paid actor in the biz for a hot second. Wouldn't you take the ball and run with it? He had a very narrow window of opportunity. Wouldn't you do a Ryan Seacrest move and produce like crazy? Hell, even J-Lo has been able to "reinvent" herself and still get paid.

    I'm happy to read he's back in the game. Good luck Chris!

  • Jug | August 18, 2011 8:48 AMReply

    @Mecca-It's not just what happens to them, it's what happens in entertainment-period. For a creative business, many of the people here aren't creative. Folks want to get on, make money, be a star, having people sweat them, etc etc-so the quickest way to that point is do what has been done. Not saying everything has to be the next printing press, but damn, a little creativity goes a looong way. And when you blow up, depending on vehicle it is, you get offered the same stuff-because that writer wrote it "just for you" (i.e. RUSH HOUR on a plane, RUSH HOUR in a submarine, FRIDAY in Brazil).

    And let's not forget that his agent might be part of the problem. You ever see DONNIE BRASCO? How all the guys in the crew were "earners", meaning they had to come up with scams all the time to make money to kick upstairs or they got "sent for"? Yeah, that's what the agency world is like. That's why it's such a gamble to take on dev. clients, minority clients &, unfortunately, clients looking to do dramatically different projects. Harder to sell, folks don't know what they're going to get.

    All of this is assuming that Chris can do more than Smokey or RUSH HOUR (DEAD PRESIDENTS aside LOL)

  • Dee | August 18, 2011 7:47 AMReply

    Fair play to him for standing his ground. If he can owe 11mill in taxes he can afford make decisions based on artistic merit. However, it seems like he's not being proactive. He's got an audience so if he can't capitalise on it then he has no-one to blame but himself.

    Also, where are the lawyers that let people write of private jets as a deductible when a brother's filling his Tax Returns?

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    So Mr. Tucker said he simply sat it out, rather than accept projects to stay in the public eye.

    That is so sad. His pathetic story kinda reminds me of Cuba Gooding Jr's after his Oscar win he's been given a slew of foolery flicks.

    I suggest that Mr. Tucker arrange working with a screenwriter so he can make his comeback performance.

    Hmm. I wonder if there will be another Rush Hour??

  • Tamara | August 18, 2011 7:18 AMReply

    Chris Rock or Tommy Davidson? No and No. Chris Tucker was all kinds of "right" for the role of "Smokey". I wonder how much of "Smokey" was the writer's creation vs. how much is what Tucker brought to the table? That movie never gets old. Glad for his success also with the Rush Hour films. I remember Tucker on Def Comedy Jam talkin' about "peanut butter...and no jelly", "ham and no burger", "Tito, is that my h*e standing on the corner?" LOL

    Love this dude.

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