At one time Chris Tucker was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, making $25,000,000 in 2007 for “Rush Hour 3.”
Since that movie, not much has been heard from Tucker until now. Tucker fans can see him this week in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Earlier this week at a hotel in midtown Manhattan he told The Film Strip what he has been doing in the last five years and what to expect next.
“I was doing standup comedy and working at the clubs,” he revealed, “and I got a stand-up comedy movie coming out early next year.”
Dissatisfied with the movie offers he had been getting, Tucker jumped at the chance to play Danny in “Silver Linings” saying …
“My role was a smaller role, but it was so important. It had so much depth to the character and working with David Russell (director) brings so many things out of you,” says Tucker. “He’s right there helping you along the way and the dialogue is so great. It actually made me look smart in the movie [Laughs]. But thanks to David, I think this is one of the most important roles I’ve ever done because a lot of people haven’t seen me do dramatic roles a lot.”
Tucker Could Star in “Last Friday”
Certain things just belong together, like peanut butter and jelly — or Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.
The pair struck gold with their 1995 cult-classic stoner comedy “Friday” but were unable to come together on any of the film’s follow-ups (2000’s “Next Friday” and 2002’s “Friday After Next”). Despite the absence of Tucker’s unforgettable character Smokey, the franchise has remained a favorite among hip-hop fans, and it’s Ice Cube’s hope that Tucker returns for the proposed “Last Friday.
“I’m waiting to give it to them, but it’s politics and it’s economics getting it to where it needs to be,” Cube said. “It’s moving in the right direction to get made, but it just ain’t moving as fast as I want it … but it’s happening.”
In February, Tucker reported that he was doubtful he would do another “Friday” flick. Cube is a little more optimistic, but nothing is set in stone. Tucker is currently being written into a script for the upcoming film, but that doesn’t guarantee anything.
“With a script, nobody is all the way down until they like their deal and they sign it, so everything is just a theory,” he told us. “He’s written into the movie, and once they give us the green light to start hiring actors, then we’re going to present him with the movie and an offer and we’ll see if he takes it.”