Chris Tucker On “Friday” and “Rush Hour” Sequels

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Chris Tucker sat down with Vulture and discussed whether or not he’ll be participating in sequels to Rush Hour and Friday. Yes, and, no, basically, and he’s laughing at much of what’s floating around the Web.

Why haven’t you done a non-Rush Hour film in the last fifteen years?

It’s not that often you get a good role with a great director, and that’s the main reason I did this, because I knew David O. Russell was a great director, a smart director, and I thought it would be fun to learn from him. Three Kings and The Fighter had great music in them, too, and I thought they were directed so well. But it’s mainly about the script. I’ve been looking for a good script with something different — I didn’t want to do the same thing — and nothing really grabbed me until this.

There’s talk of a Rush Hour 4, and a Friday 4. Are you aboard for either?

Rush Hour 4, we’re looking into it, me and Jackie [Chan]. We’re trying to get it going, so we’re developing something, so hopefully we’ll get something in.

Rush Hour producer Andrew Sarkissian thought a twist could be for Jackie to marry your character’s cousin, and he suggested the cousin could be played by Octavia Spencer.

Yeah! I heard that. I don’t know what he’s talking about. [Laughs] We really want to take it back to the first one, the realness of it, and explore my character a bit more. Everyone wants to do sequels, though. The rumor got out there that I’m doing Friday 4, but the Internet — they lying! It’s kind of crazy. My fans are so hyped up about it and I didn’t want to let them down, so at one point I said, “We’ll see,” but I’m pretty sure now I won’t do another one. I’m still fascinated that they love that movie the way they do, and if they do another one, I think it would be good, but I want to do some different stuff. Keep moving.

You can read the rest over at Vulture.

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