Sunday, May 26, 2024

Exclusive: Chris Rock Sends Up Comedians Who Want to Be Serious Actors


Chris Rock is a blazingly talented comedian. But last year he went to Broadway so he’d be taken “seriously” in “The Mother-F with the Hat.” So many comics try this sort of thing, especially Jim Carrey, who’s confused his audience over the years by occasionally making terrible thrillers and dramas that are out of his wheelhouse. So now Rock will rock us with a comedy about a comedian who only wants to be taken seriously. A casting call has gone out for an unannounced Scott Rudin-produced project called “Finally Famous.” Rock wrote the script and will direct, while Rudin — who produced “Mother-F” quite successfully– will wave his magic wand. The movie is looking for Rock’s love interest, in the age range of late 20s to early 30s. Chris is 48, but hey–a 40 year old actress would be too old? Anyway, my suggestions are Joy Bryant or . Filming begins in June.

STORY LINE: ANDRE ALLEN is a comedian turned film star who, despite the expectations of his
millions of fans, is determined to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. Although his latest
pretentiously historical film project is tanking, his upcoming television wedding to pretty, popular
reality star, ERICA LONG, is the biggest media event of the year. In the midst of all the frenzy
leading up to his televised nuptials, Andre agrees to be interviewed for the New Yorker by
CHELSEA BROWN, a gorgeous but no-frills young woman with a sharp intelligence that matches
his own. It’s a feisty, funny, no-holds-barred interaction that may well change the course of both
their lives…
[CHELSEA BROWN] Late 20s to early 30s, this attractive woman is “vintage, downtown N.Y.C.
funky,” with a lacerating intelligence and humor that is disarming. Chelsea has been assigned to
interview Andre Allen for a prestigious New York magazine, but she’s a journeyman journalist
who makes her living writing for a variety of publications. Pregnant as a teen, and now a single
mother, Chelsea has had a wild past, but is now in the “program” and hoping for a stable
relationship with her current boyfriend. Chelsea’s initially fractious interaction with Andre soon
flares into a passionate tryst. Any ethnicity…LEAD
[ERICA LONG] Late 20s to 40, she’s beautiful, glamorous and “expensive.” A popular reality TV
star, she helped Andre get clean — and he’s  forever grateful for her assistance. Erica is a
camera-hungry celebrity who is completely comfortable in the spotlight. When she persuades
Andre to get married on her show in the biggest media event of the year, her stardom is all set to
go stratospheric. Any ethnicity…LEAD
[SILK] 30s, Andre’s “security guard-slash-assistant,” who is never far from Andre’s side. A burly,
very big and imposing African American guy. A real character, he has a thing for big

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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