Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Chris Rock Madagascar 2 Interview

CHRIS ROCKS ON IN MADAGASCAR 2. Chris Rock, Madagascar 2 Interview by Paul Fischer. Chris Rock has established himself as a major comic force for over a decade. Returning frequently to his stand-up roots, Rock is also hoping that change comes to America come election day. Returning to movie screens in the new Madagascar sequel, Chris Rock, who rarely does interviews with the priont media, chatted to Paul Fischer about comedy, acting and politics.

Paul Fischer: What was the most important thing about doing this second movie?

Chris Rock: It was getting back with Ben. We had fallen out and I just thought ....

Paul Fischer: Is he as good as they say?

Chris Rock: He's better than they say.

Paul Fischer: Do you censor yourself when you're doing it?

Chris Rock: It is weird because I don't really curse that much off stage. I throw a couple out there from time to time, but when I'm offstage I don't - yeah it's weird. When I get up there it's "f**k, f**k, f**k, f**k, f**k." It is kind of what the people want though.

Paul Fischer: They expect that from you.

Chris Rock: Yeah, it is a weird thing.

Paul Fischer: Cursing....

Chris Rock: It is not my "thing." I try to write some jokes in between the "f**k, f**k, f**ks." Sometimes my daughters are at gymnastics and people are commenting on how I'm not cursing. Like I would be cursing at gymnastics. "So what's up mother f**ker?" Like that's how they expect me to be.

Paul Fischer: Now on Madagascar, you had one day in the studio working with Ben. How was your one day together? How freeing was that?

Chris Rock: It felt different. He's a funny guy. Ben's funny. We are the same age and we have a lot of similarities in our lives so it wasn't this big thing having to overcome. It wasn't like two guys having to be overly polite to each other.

Paul Fischer: You all had back stories this time. Did you like this turn in the script that we got to know you more as individuals?

Chris Rock: I think this is a better movie than the first one. We know the characters and now its let's make a great story. The first one felt like the pilot and sometimes the pilot is clunky because you've got to get all these people in and all this information. Now we are just doing episodes.

Paul Fischer: Jada mentioned the third one might be in India. What do you think?

Chris Rock: India, the Bollywood version of "Move It, Move It."

Paul Fischer: Do you want to direct anything soon?

Chris Rock: I'm trying to get through this year without doing it, but you never know.

Paul Fischer: Can you talk about what you are going to do on Nov. 5 if Obama wins.

Chris Rock: If he wins - you are always going to make fun of the president no matter what. You are a comedian, like "Oh black brother, I can't tell jokes about this guy." I loved Bill Clinton and I love Bill Clinton to this day, but when he slipped I was right there.

Paul Fischer: If Obama slips would you take him out?

Chris Rock: I'll take him out [laughs].

Paul Fischer: How optimistic are you about the election?

Chris Rock: I wouldn't be shocked if you we don't know who the president is the night of the election. I wouldn't be shocked.

Paul Fischer: You recently had a very good special on HBO with some very interesting editing choices between two different performances. How did that come about?Chris Rock: It was actually Rick Rubin's idea. He called me up one day, paged me actually, and said "you should do your special in three or four countries and cut them as one." That was it. I kind of thought it was crazy the first time I read it and then about three weeks later it was getting to that point that HBO was like "Want to do a special?" and I needed something to motivate me, because just doing it isn't enough motivation. So it was like what could be different? Stand up can get so boring, we've seen the guy in front of the camera, the guy in front of the screen, whatever. I just needed a chance to fail, something to excite me and that idea definitely excited me.

Paul Fischer: Why return to stand up? Is it because that's where your roots are?

Chris Rock: It is because that's what I do, if I was an actor in the theater I'm sure I would return to that from time to time. I'm a stand up comedian and the other things I get to do because I'm a stand up comedian. I just like doing it.

Paul Fischer: Has your sense of humor changed as you've gotten older and now have a family?

Chris Rock: I don't know. I've changed. I try to take breaks in between so I don't - I never want to be one of those guys who is always doing gigs, there is a staleness to that. Like you're in Vegas every week and you know the guy's going to be there. I try to take breaks. I haven't don it in - Zara was - my wife was pregnant with Zara so I hadn't done it in four years. It is almost like I got all the jokes I could out of that guy. Let me go become another guy and then I will tell some more jokes.

Paul Fischer: Was it a different process for you knowing you were going to be taping it like this - were you onstage thinking, "F**ck I didn't say it the same way"?

Chris Rock: No, it was weird. Early on in the tour it was like, "Wow, people laugh at the same things in every country." I couldn't believe it. Lightening struck. Everything worked out.