Chris Rock was recently interviewed by Alec Baldwin for his new podcast “Here’s The Thing.” When asked how picky he is about the films he does, Rock responded:

“Most movies suck, man, really suck. See, I’m messed up ’cause I like to see somethin’ I haven’t seen or I haven’t seen with a black person. Black people in film is still at its — really at its infant stage…

You know, you hand a studio person a script, and sometimes the studio people are good. Ninety-nine percent of the time when you hand somebody a script, they pick a person in the movie that they identify with. So if you hand a woman a script, if the woman’s got nine lives in the movie, the first person she gives you notes about is the woman. 
And if you hand the boss the script, he’s gonna give you notes about the main character. And if you hand his assistant the script, he’s gonna give you notes about some other. Everybody figures out who they are in the movie. Now, when you hand somebody a black script, they don’t relate to anybody in it.”

Alec Baldwin then asked what happens when you find an executive that does relate to a black person in the script. To this, Rock replied:

“No, well, it’s — it’s never really happened.”

Read more of Chris Rock sounding off on getting older, staying relevant, and toeing the line between entertaining black and white audiences at The Root and WNYC.

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