As the multi-hyphenate prepares to host the Oscars for the second day, heres a look back at his cinematic highlights
While the reaction to Chris Rocks last stint as Oscar host was somewhat muted, hopes are high that the comedian will be able to add some much-needed edge to this weeks ceremony.
Most are curious to see just how far Rock will push bounds, given the #OscarsSoWhite disagreement. But, while we wait to see if he will crash or soar, heres a look back at some of his best moments on screen.
Im Gonna Git You Sucka
Before Keenen Ivory Wayans manage on silliness got out of control in dross such as White Chicks and Dance Flick, he displayed a niftier touch for boisterous humours in this inventive blaxploitation parody. A 23 -year-old Rock cropped up in a small but memorable role as a man desperate for ribs but unwilling to pay for a full rack.
New Jack City
It might not feel as sharp-edged as it did in 1991, but Mario Van Peebles violent gangster drama showcased an impressive cast from Wesley Snipes to Ice-T. But Rocks crack addict-turned-informant Pookie was an effortless scene-stealer in a performance that provided both serious and comic moments.
In 2009, Rock added another string to his bow by writing and starring in this revealing documentary about African Americans hair. Rock proved to be a smart and curious tour guide, shining a light on a$ 9bn industry without turning it into a polemic or resorting to condescension. His talent for the field should be explored further.
2 Day in New York
While Julie Delpys quick-witted relationship comedy 2 Day in Paris was undoubtedly fun, it didnt seem like a movie that required a sequel. It was therefore a refreshing surprise that the follow-up was just as charming and cleverly observed as the first. Rock, playing a talkshow host and journalist, appears like an extension of himself.
Emerging from the 2014 Toronto film festival with ecstatic reviews, audience buzz and a $12.5 m bargain from Paramount, Rocks major comeback movie, which he also wrote and directed, seemed as if it would be a box-office make, too. But it sort of fizzled, which is a shame because its a smart-alecky, funny and affectionate romantic comedy that was billed as Rocks Annie Hall. It sadly proved that his box-office appeal may now be set aside for Madagascar movies.
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