For his recent interview with Details Magazine, Chris gave his insight on several different topics from Bill Cosby thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case to Eddie Murphy having an amazing Barack Obama impression. Check out an excerpt below.
DETAILS: Is it too soon to make George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin jokes?
Chris Rock: There’s no joke there, unfortunately. It’s sad. When you get old, it’s like, “Damn it, I’ve seen this.” I’m from Bed-Stuy. I marched for Yusuf Hawkins, you know? I don’t totally agree with Bill Cosby. He said it wasn’t racial, it’s a gun issue. Well, it’s a gun-racial issue. You know what makes you approach a six-foot-three black guy in the middle of the night? A gun. Paul Blart’s not supposed to have a gun.
DETAILS: Your buddy Louis C.K. recently sold his stand-up special online for $5, bypassing cable TV entirely. Is that the future of comedy?
Chris Rock: Every comedian has thought about it. If there’s a danger here, it’s that you’re only famous to your fans. I don’t own a Britney Spears record, but I know who Britney Spears isâ€”so there’s a chance she’ll make money off of me someday.
DETAILS: You’re 47 now, and you haven’t toured since 2008. If you go back out on the road, what will your act be like?
Chris Rock: I don’t know what I’m going to talk about. Years ago, I saw Kill Bill and said to Tarantino, “Dude, why do you wait so long?” He’s like, “This fucking masterpiece shit takes time!” I like that it’s an event. I like the Rolling Stones model of making shit an event. I learned that from Eddie Murphy.
DETAILS: Do you think Murphy will ever tour again?
Chris Rock: Barring financial ruin, I don’t think so. I think we’ll see a Richard Pryor hologram on tour before we see Eddie Murphy.
DETAILS: Does it bum you out to see him in less-than-successful films?
Chris Rock: We all do stuff that doesn’t work. It bums me out when I’m at his house and he’s making a bunch of people laugh and it’s so effortless. His Obama impression? Amazing.