“I’d always end up broken down on the highway. When I stood there trying to flag someone down, nobody stopped. But when I pushed my own car, other drivers would get out and push with me. If you want help, help yourself – people like to see that.”
— Chris Rock
How Chris Rock Lives His Best Life
With his new film, Grown Ups 2, now in theaters, we look back at when the comedian and actor talked with us about the Big Apple, car trouble, and tandem biking.
He’s gone now, so my most cherished memories are of my dad. He drove a New York Daily News delivery truck, and when I was about 15 or 16, sometimes I’d go out with him at 4 A.M. and we’d do the route together, just talking to each other like men. Those were great times.
Best Way to Work Up a Sweat
Whenever we go for a bike ride, my younger daughter makes me get the tandem bike so I can cart her around and do all the work. Pull a kid through Central Park in August, and you’ll definitely sweat.
New York. Unlike in L.A., where everyone is trying to be in show business—you can meet a doctor and he’ll be like, “I’ve got a script”—people in New York are proud to be doing the job they do. I grew up there, I still live nearby, and I’m in a movie this summer called 2 Days in New York. I just dig it.
Best Saturday Morning
I love hanging out with my kids, because they have a little extra bounce in their step. There’s nothing like the joy of a child who doesn’t have to go to school.
I used to have horrible cars, because I never had money, so I’d always end up broken down on the highway. When I stood there trying to flag someone down, nobody stopped. But when I pushed my own car, other drivers would get out and push with me. If you want help, help yourself—people like to see that.
For years I didn’t miss an episode of Sex and the City. That’s probably not something a guy should brag about.