After a five-year absence from the movie business, comic Chris Tucker makes his return to the big screen this weekend in a quasi-dramatic role in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. But he's not leaving comedy behind. At the New York premiere party for the film on Monday night, Tucker told me that he's producing a film of his stand-up act.
At the party, which took place in the lobby of the Royalton hotel and its restaurant Forty Four and drew Silver Linings cast members Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles and Russell, Tucker told me that one of the reasons he hasn't been in a movie for so long is that "I wanted to go back and do stand-up." When I asked if a TV special would result, he explained that he'd just shot a "stand-up movie" over the weekend in Atlanta, Ga. "We don't have a name for it yet, but it's a movie like Eddie Murphy's Raw and Delirious," he said. The Rush Hour 3 actor said that he was producing the picture himself and that it's "coming out early next year."
In Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker plays Danny, a friend of Bradley Cooper's character, and a former mental institution patient.
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