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Madagascar - Chris Rock interview

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Were you allowed to ad-lib a lot or did you have to stick quite close the script?
They let me ad lib a lot, I was encouraged to do that. A lot of ad libbing, I’m ad libbing right now.

Q. Can you talk about the special relationship between yourself and Ben? You've wanting to work together for some time, haven't you?
That must have been a joke we made that got out on the internet somewhere.
Rock: We’re going to remake The Last Boy Scout.
Stiller: I think there are some nuances that Bruce Willis missed.
Rock: I’m going to play Damon.
Stiller: We got back at least 15 years, maybe a little more. We’re the same age, both from New York.
Rock: We did Saturday Night Live, though at different times. We almost wrote a movie together.
Stiller: We spent time in a hotel room a long time ago writing that movie. We’re not going to say any more about that. There was a third writer, and when we discovered he carried a gun in his briefcase everything fell apart.
Rock: He’s not making that up. We have a decent relationship.
Stiller: We’ve known each other a long time and when we run into each other we have fun seeing each other.
We don’t hang out together, we live in different cities. It’s one of those nice things. But that contributed to the relationship on screen, because we weren’t ever in the same place. So it was helpful to somehow have some reference point in your head of who you’re talking to.
McGrath: When Chris came on Ben said he’d always wanted to do a movie with him. We had to tell him that we’d be recording them both separately and they would see him at the premiere.

Q. How did your kids enjoy watching this film?
My kids love it, they’ve seen the movie twice and 15 minutes in they say ‘Daddy is that you?’. Oh yes it is.

Q. So are you reaching a new audience with this, rather than with your concert films which are obviously more adult in tone?
You’d be surprised at the kids that come up to me and whisper disgusting things in my ear.

Q. Are you the sort of person in real life who prefers home comforts to being out in the wild?
I was born in the wild, but I like the comforts of home now. I like to stay in hotels that are connected to malls.

Q. Did you observe animals as part of your preparation? And if you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
I did not hang around zebras, but I am black and white. My father’s white and my mother’s Oprah. The animal I’d like to be if I came back? A cocker spaniel that bites J-Lo on the ass.

Q. When you saw the video of yourself doing the vocals, were you ever surprised to see how animated your vocal performances were?
That’s my move, to get carried away. I like to be too carried away, they have to constantly bring me down. But I like it.

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