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Chris Rock Discusses His Film - "I Think I Love My Wife"

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Gina Torres and Chris Rock in "I Think I Love My Wife."

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Chris Rock wore multiple hats when he worked on the comedy movie, I Think I Love My Wife. Not only did Rock write the script, he also starred in the film as well as directed it. I Think I Love My Wife follows Rock's character as a husband and father who's bored with his life and fantasizes about having an affair. It's all just a fantasy until a real temptation presents itself in the form of a gorgeous old friend (played by Kerry Washington).

The Origin of the Script: Rock wrote the screenplay with Louis C.K. “It's based on a French movie called Chloe in the Afternoon which won the Cannes Film Festival in like 1968 or something. I mean, it's a French movie with subtitles. If you saw it, it's hard to watch if you're not really into film. You couldn't show it to a kid or anything. They wouldn't know what to do with it. So the big beats are based on that. I saw that, and I was like, ‘You know what? I want to play an adult. I want to be a man. I want to have man problems in a movie. I want to be grown already.’ Most comedies are about guys that won't grow up. I wanted to play a guy who's grown. The movie's like a grown person's horror flick.”

Chris Rock Can Sort of Relate to His Character: Rock’s wife was on the set and really enjoys the film, and the comedian/actor says some of the little details in the movie are like his life. “Going to music together, singing, what's the song in the movie? Wheels on the Bus? I don't even know which one is in there now. We did so many stupid songs, sitting in the circle being concerned about how many black kids my kids are playing with, stuff like that. That's my own life. The big beats of the story. I never flew to D.C. with some girl and got beat up.”

Does I Think I Love My Wife Encourage Cheating? According to Rock the answer’s no. “I don't think so. There's no cheating or infidelity in the movie. There's a threat of, which is kind of like the Cold War. Nothing happened. The threat of that, I don't know, I don't think it encourages anything. Hopefully it encourages people to make more realistic movies.”

Family Life Provides a Lot of Fodder for Comedy: Rock was raised in a two-parent household in Brooklyn and had a pretty normal childhood. Yet Rock considers his normal childhood to be great fodder for comedy. “It's rich because nobody's doing it pretty much,” explained Rock. “It's one of those things that's an evergreen topic, but most of the comedies - especially the movies anyway - are just so high concept. Nobody wants to take a simple [idea], like this movie's got a simple, simple plot. He's got his marriage, seven years, hits a rough patch, girl walks in, try not to sleep with her. No studio, they want big stupid ideas. They wanted me to do this movie where a NASCAR driver is hurt, he dies and they're trying to figure out who's going to drive this car that's so expensive. They turn on the TV and they see this black guy being chased by police and that's me. ‘He'll race our car!’"

Rock’s not making that up. “That's a real concept. I got offered lots of money to do that and I elected to do this.”

Chris Rock Reflects on His Film Career: “A movie like this, I'm just never going to get a lot of money for. You just have to learn. I had to learn how to make a movie. I'm still learning, but I think I'm getting better at it. Part of learning was just trying to make the biggest possible movie every time. Sometimes the bigger movie is the smaller movie. With my career, the smaller thing tends to work out better for me. I'm on Saturday Night Live, that's good, but when I did a little show on HBO, that's better. My stand-up stuff, nobody gets famous from a frickin' stand-up special so little things tend to work out for me. Head of State's a big $40 million movie. This movie's 20 times better than it and it cost $10 million. That's just me.”

The Best and Worst Parts of Marriage: “The best part is just having a partner,” said Rock. “There's no real worst part. I'm not going to say there's a worst part. I'm a comedian. Comedians like to work alone so maybe I'm not the ideal guy to be married to, in that sense.”

Asked if he’s concerned with the reports that there are problems with his marriage Rock replied, “No. I mean, my kids are really young. Probably when I get older, when my kids get older, I'll probably care a little more. I read stuff. I'm in the house with my wife in bed, ‘Hey, it says we're breaking up.’ We're cool. It's all good. You can't live your life about reports and stuff. You've got to realize this when you're in show business. If you accept the good, you have to accept the bad too. I can't sit here and go, ‘Oh, man, that was a great review. You were so right.’ And then get pissed because I'm going to actually profit off this. Somebody takes my picture or whatever, there's a part of this that I'm actually gaining something out of this. So when they switch the tables, I've got to take it like a man sometimes. Because it ain't really true that I'm great either. It's like, ‘He's the funniest man in America.’ I ain't the funniest man in America. But I come out and wave every time they say it. It just goes with the turf. You can't be happy that fire cooks your food and be mad it burns your fingertips.”

Up Next – Madagascar 2 and Bee Movie: Rock is reprising his role of Marty the zebra in the sequel to the 2005 hit. “It's weird, in this movie that my character, we go back to Madagascar and he gets around a lot of zebras and they're like his people. He's loving being around all these zebras until his old friends can't recognize him amongst the zebras and he wants to feel special again.”

Rock also has a role in Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie. Rock will be playing a mosquito in the animated film. And in case you’re curious, Rock says the Bee Movie teaser videos featuring he and Seinfeld goofing around are nothing at all like the film.

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