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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: What the hell happened to Chris Tucker?

May. 6, 2010by: J.A. Hamilton

...what the hell happened to Chris Tucker?
by J.A. Hamilton

The ebb and flow of comedy seems to fluctuate back and forth every ten years or so. The eighties gave us Eddie Murphy, a man whoís comedic exploits are not only renown but have even become a base or stepping stone for todayís comedians. But the late nineties saw Eddie begin to lose form and I truly believe that it was a variety of things that led to this; fatherhood being one, but comedy standards and etiquette no doubt also played a role. The trash talking, vulgar comedy days seemed numbered until one of my buddies introduced me to a little comedy called FRIDAY and a hilarious actor named Chris Tucker. His career began to soar and I truly though he was comedyís next Eddie Murphy until suddenly he just seemed to vanish.


Where are ya bro, there are laughs to be had.

FRIDAY was the film that started opening doors for this young actor and Iím not surprised. Sure, his language was brazen and over the top but his razor sharp wit and charisma were hard to ignore. Others have tried to mimic the ďEddie MurphyĒ style of comedy like Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence for example. Lawrence was great in the BAD BOYS flicks and BLUE STREAK and Rock has had a couple hits as well (though I prefer his stand-up) but neither of them compare to Chris Tucker in my book. Now FRIDAY spawned a couple sequels, both of which Tuckerís character Smokey was absent, I wasnít happy about this but I can understand how he wanted to move on to bigger and better things rather than bleed a good thing dry. With similar character roles in HOUSE PARTY 3 and DEAD PRESIDENTS it was time to broaden his horizons.


FRIDAY 2 and 3 weren't the same without the smoke dog.

I was both happy and surprised to him show up in THE FIFTH ELEMENT alongside Bruce and Milla. I loved that film and his character Ruby Rhod was hilarious. Obviously I wasnít the only one who thought so as the day I was hoping for came soon after when he got the lead in MONEY TALKS starring alongside Charlie Sheen. MONEY TALKS is still one of my favourite comedies, Tucker steals the show (easily) and again, despite his offensive language, the guy wins you over no matter how hard to try to deny him (Iím saying this as far as an objective on the fence fan goes). My girlfriend instantly became a fan after FIFTH ELEMENT, and nearly every guy I know loves him because of FRIDAY. The fan base was there and MONEY TALKS just pushed him forward. His career seemed to be booming and then along came RUSH HOUR.


I still laugh my ass off when he does the whole "BZZZZZ" thing.

To be fair, Iím not going to hate on RUSH HOUR. I loved that film as well. I was unsure about Jackie Chan as Iíd avoided all his RUMBLE IN THE BRONX type films that started coming out of nowhere and multiplying rather quickly. That changed when I watched SHANGHAI NOON and saw that Chan could be funny. With this in mind I was open to the idea of him and Tucker teaming up for RUSH HOUR and was happy with the outcome. Though RUSH HOUR was rated AA, Tucker did have to tone down his antics a bit ala Eddie Murphy and it was here I started to get a little worried. Then came the sequel. RUSH HOUR 2 wasnít all that bad, though again, they watered it down quite a bit from the first one. I was hoping Tucker would move on from this, but RUSH HOUR 3 came a calling and just ruined the entire series.


You can't go out like this, Chris. You just can't.

In the end, I canít blame THE RUSH HOUR films per say, I would like to think itís not because of the money, as Iím sure he made a substantial amount off that trilogy and with the past couple years of reinvented raunchy comedies Iím fairly confident itís not a matter of his persona and language being in poor taste either. So Iím confused and in need of answers. If guys like Dane Cook can make mediocre comedy after comedy these days, I feel the time is right to see Chris Tucker re-immerge and reclaim a seat at the comedy round table. I have no idea what in hell happened to him and heís got no movies in the pipeline that I know of (thank God thereís no talk of a fourth RUSH HOUR), so please find him and tell him that his fan base is still very much alive and waiting for a comeback.
Extra Tidbit: I met Chris Tucker in Toronto at Much Music when he was promoting RUSH HOUR three. He was a super cool dude, but his bodyguards were eyeballing me the whole time like they wanted to break me in half.
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8:17AM on 05/06/2010
Rush Hour was PG-13
Rush Hour was PG-13
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8:29AM on 05/06/2010
wait here it comes - who cares?
wait here it comes - who cares?
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8:34AM on 05/06/2010
Wait, wait, wait a minute. You actually devoted an entire column asking about a one note "comedian" whose entire "comedic" skills revolve around yelling very loudly in high pitched warbles while doing moronic double takes like a modern Mantan Moreland?

The man has and had zero talent to him. No acting ability, no range, no depth, no actual dimensions, he just screamed a lot and played a ticked off character in every single movie he was in.

What the hell happened to Chris Tucker? He faded
Wait, wait, wait a minute. You actually devoted an entire column asking about a one note "comedian" whose entire "comedic" skills revolve around yelling very loudly in high pitched warbles while doing moronic double takes like a modern Mantan Moreland?

The man has and had zero talent to him. No acting ability, no range, no depth, no actual dimensions, he just screamed a lot and played a ticked off character in every single movie he was in.

What the hell happened to Chris Tucker? He faded away like Tom Green, Pauly Shore, and hopefully someday Dane Cook.
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9:02AM on 05/06/2010
Chris Tucker could obviously star in more movies if he wanted to. For some reason he donīt wanna act, and with the sick amount of $s he was payed for the Rush Hour sequels he has plenty of money, so he never has to act again.
Chris Tucker could obviously star in more movies if he wanted to. For some reason he donīt wanna act, and with the sick amount of $s he was payed for the Rush Hour sequels he has plenty of money, so he never has to act again.
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9:07AM on 05/06/2010
the guy and his entire crew are a bunch of pompous butt-scratchers. i experienced it everyday on rh3. idk why any company would hire him for a movie. he was a little guy who let his success go to his head and now hes nowhere and no one cares...except for joblo
the guy and his entire crew are a bunch of pompous butt-scratchers. i experienced it everyday on rh3. idk why any company would hire him for a movie. he was a little guy who let his success go to his head and now hes nowhere and no one cares...except for joblo
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9:22AM on 05/06/2010
hes still in the 5th element and still ruining it for me.
hes still in the 5th element and still ruining it for me.
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9:50AM on 05/06/2010
Forget about Chris Tucker. His comedy style was just a 90s fad and nothing more.

You might have already done this, but if not how about a "What the hell happened to Brendan Fraser?" column?
Forget about Chris Tucker. His comedy style was just a 90s fad and nothing more.

You might have already done this, but if not how about a "What the hell happened to Brendan Fraser?" column?
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10:34PM on 05/06/2010
Seriously, what did happen to Brendan Fraser? He went from cool movies like BLAST FROM THE PAST and GODS AND MONSTERS to fucking FURRY VENGEANCE?!
Seriously, what did happen to Brendan Fraser? He went from cool movies like BLAST FROM THE PAST and GODS AND MONSTERS to fucking FURRY VENGEANCE?!
11:11AM on 05/06/2010
Chris Tucker is a no talent TOOL!

Glad that he is not in movies!

What a waste of a column!!!
Chris Tucker is a no talent TOOL!

Glad that he is not in movies!

What a waste of a column!!!
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11:20AM on 05/06/2010

bla

chris tucker has been busy practicing for his performances at the NBA celebrity all star games. he is like the biggest star there...
chris tucker has been busy practicing for his performances at the NBA celebrity all star games. he is like the biggest star there...
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11:37AM on 05/06/2010
I second The_DUDE_Abides' notion per below. What the hell happened to Brendan Fraser? From comedy to action star to "retard clap" - the complete saga. Please write that article.
I second The_DUDE_Abides' notion per below. What the hell happened to Brendan Fraser? From comedy to action star to "retard clap" - the complete saga. Please write that article.
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6:37PM on 05/06/2010
Thanks! I for one prefer to remember the Brendan Fraser even before his sub par comedy days when he was in movies like "School Ties" and "With Honors."
Thanks! I for one prefer to remember the Brendan Fraser even before his sub par comedy days when he was in movies like "School Ties" and "With Honors."
12:18PM on 05/06/2010
I am a big fan of Chris Tucker and he has starred in some of my favorite movies, like the Rush Hour Trilogy, The Fifth Element, Friday, and Jackie Brown. The guy is funny and it would be awesome to see him in more movies. He doesn't have to make a lot like once a year, but one movie maybe every 2 or 3 years wouldn't hurt. I hope this guys makes a comeback and I wish him the best of luck.
I am a big fan of Chris Tucker and he has starred in some of my favorite movies, like the Rush Hour Trilogy, The Fifth Element, Friday, and Jackie Brown. The guy is funny and it would be awesome to see him in more movies. He doesn't have to make a lot like once a year, but one movie maybe every 2 or 3 years wouldn't hurt. I hope this guys makes a comeback and I wish him the best of luck.
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12:45PM on 05/06/2010

He is a good man/entertainer

I have met Mr Tucker on a few occasions as he has eaten in my restraunt. He is a very genuine cool person. He has been cordial with many customers and crew who just gawk at him. I loved most of his films and would like to see him act again soon. Money talks btw is a great solid overlooked movie.
I have met Mr Tucker on a few occasions as he has eaten in my restraunt. He is a very genuine cool person. He has been cordial with many customers and crew who just gawk at him. I loved most of his films and would like to see him act again soon. Money talks btw is a great solid overlooked movie.
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1:15PM on 05/06/2010
Lets keep him away. I liked his character in 5th Element but that was it. And for the people talking about what happened to Brendan Fraser, he has always sucked as well. I don't know one movie I enjoy with him in it.
Lets keep him away. I liked his character in 5th Element but that was it. And for the people talking about what happened to Brendan Fraser, he has always sucked as well. I don't know one movie I enjoy with him in it.
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1:20PM on 05/06/2010
Didn't Tucker announce after Rush Hour 2 that he was retiring to help out with the AIDS crisis in Africa or something? Of course, that was before they backed up that dump truck full of money to his door for Rush Hour 3.
Didn't Tucker announce after Rush Hour 2 that he was retiring to help out with the AIDS crisis in Africa or something? Of course, that was before they backed up that dump truck full of money to his door for Rush Hour 3.
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1:30PM on 05/06/2010
It would be good to see him come back, the guy's hilarious. Not sure why so many people are giving him a hard time though.
It would be good to see him come back, the guy's hilarious. Not sure why so many people are giving him a hard time though.
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1:32PM on 05/06/2010
Always wondered the exact same thing that this article is about.

And Rush Hour is PG-13. Rating mistakes always bother me for some reason...Like in zombieland when she mentions her first R rated movie was Anaconda(Also PG-13). This people were actually in the movie business and got it wrong.
Always wondered the exact same thing that this article is about.

And Rush Hour is PG-13. Rating mistakes always bother me for some reason...Like in zombieland when she mentions her first R rated movie was Anaconda(Also PG-13). This people were actually in the movie business and got it wrong.
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1:43PM on 05/06/2010

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1:48PM on 05/06/2010

ratings

I enjoy Chris Tucker from Friday to Rush Hour and would like to see him do another comedy here soon. As for the rating of Rush Hour, it wasn't PG-13 here. Not sure if it was R but it was at least AA. Not that it really matters.
I enjoy Chris Tucker from Friday to Rush Hour and would like to see him do another comedy here soon. As for the rating of Rush Hour, it wasn't PG-13 here. Not sure if it was R but it was at least AA. Not that it really matters.
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2:02PM on 05/06/2010
worst C'Mon Hollywood ever! Especially when you get the MPAA rating wrong on his biggest film! FAIL!
worst C'Mon Hollywood ever! Especially when you get the MPAA rating wrong on his biggest film! FAIL!
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2:02PM on 05/06/2010
Chris Tucker and Dave Chapelle should team up and make a movie together so they can revamp their careers.
Chris Tucker and Dave Chapelle should team up and make a movie together so they can revamp their careers.
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7:19PM on 05/06/2010
I'd totally be down for that.
I'd totally be down for that.
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2:33PM on 05/06/2010
It's sad when good comedic actors disappear. Chris Tucker is one such actor, as is the Dave Chapelle. I'd like to see Chris come back just not in another god awful Rush Hour movie.
It's sad when good comedic actors disappear. Chris Tucker is one such actor, as is the Dave Chapelle. I'd like to see Chris come back just not in another god awful Rush Hour movie.
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3:06PM on 05/06/2010
I'll say this much- he was decent in the first 'Friday' movie, and I like 'Rush Hour' (the sequels can suck it though).

Tucker though, has always been an annoying, screeching weasel that yells at inappropriate times. His character in the otherwise awesome, 'Fifth Element', damn near ruins the movie for me. I'm glad he's gone, and hope he stays that way.

Really, this is who you miss? Worst 'C'Mon' so far.
I'll say this much- he was decent in the first 'Friday' movie, and I like 'Rush Hour' (the sequels can suck it though).

Tucker though, has always been an annoying, screeching weasel that yells at inappropriate times. His character in the otherwise awesome, 'Fifth Element', damn near ruins the movie for me. I'm glad he's gone, and hope he stays that way.

Really, this is who you miss? Worst 'C'Mon' so far.
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4:41PM on 05/06/2010
Sure he's been niched as a "one-liner" guy who yells/screaches alot as some put it but the guy's funny and I agree he's got a charisma that stands out. I'd definitely go see him in a new movie.
Sure he's been niched as a "one-liner" guy who yells/screaches alot as some put it but the guy's funny and I agree he's got a charisma that stands out. I'd definitely go see him in a new movie.
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7:04PM on 05/06/2010

No Thanks

His shrieking shtick is really old. It has been great without him.
His shrieking shtick is really old. It has been great without him.
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7:19PM on 05/06/2010
Chris Tucker is an aquired taste and I have to admit I enjoy him a lot. I'd even go as far as wanting to see another FRIDAY movie with his character back and a solid/epically funny story.
Chris Tucker is an aquired taste and I have to admit I enjoy him a lot. I'd even go as far as wanting to see another FRIDAY movie with his character back and a solid/epically funny story.
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8:39PM on 05/06/2010
What happened to Chris Tucker? Really? Seriously, who cares? He's really only good for mindless comedies [not that there's anything wrong with that] and in every one he plays the same exact shrieking character. It was funny the first few times but it's gotten old and he's probably realized that. Why don't we all just do ourselves a favor and enjoy the peace and quiet until Rush Hour 4 comes out and we are forced to hear about what happens when we touch a black man's radio, again.
What happened to Chris Tucker? Really? Seriously, who cares? He's really only good for mindless comedies [not that there's anything wrong with that] and in every one he plays the same exact shrieking character. It was funny the first few times but it's gotten old and he's probably realized that. Why don't we all just do ourselves a favor and enjoy the peace and quiet until Rush Hour 4 comes out and we are forced to hear about what happens when we touch a black man's radio, again.
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2:40AM on 05/07/2010
Yea I always liked Chris. I think Friday and The Fifth Element are my favorite of his films. He would have been good in Miracle at St. Anna I think. Wonder why he wasn't in that. I know it's not a comedy, but it would have showed us if he can branch away from Comedy. He'd be perfect in any of Tyler Perry's films.
Yea I always liked Chris. I think Friday and The Fifth Element are my favorite of his films. He would have been good in Miracle at St. Anna I think. Wonder why he wasn't in that. I know it's not a comedy, but it would have showed us if he can branch away from Comedy. He'd be perfect in any of Tyler Perry's films.
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5:17AM on 05/07/2010

Come Back Soon

I dont have a problem, with Chris Tucker being selective and not having many movies on his plate...BUT, at the same time he is def due for another funny comedy (like Friday and Money Talks) that displays his comedy talents. Another Rush Hour isnt the answer, but something with some style.
I dont have a problem, with Chris Tucker being selective and not having many movies on his plate...BUT, at the same time he is def due for another funny comedy (like Friday and Money Talks) that displays his comedy talents. Another Rush Hour isnt the answer, but something with some style.
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8:25AM on 05/07/2010
Let him go. He was never that great. He had his moments but overall I'm happier when he's not around.
Let him go. He was never that great. He had his moments but overall I'm happier when he's not around.
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8:34AM on 05/07/2010

S.S Minnow Johnson

Nuff Said!
Nuff Said!
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9:57PM on 05/09/2010
I've heard more than a couple times he "turned" Christian and refused to do the same foul-mouth role's that made him popular in the first place. I don't think hollywood really had much to do with his career's demise, it was a personal choice.
I've heard more than a couple times he "turned" Christian and refused to do the same foul-mouth role's that made him popular in the first place. I don't think hollywood really had much to do with his career's demise, it was a personal choice.
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12:46PM on 05/12/2010

Facts are crossed

Your facts are crossed: As someone already pointed out: Rush Hour came out BEFORE Shanghai Noon, so not exactly sure where you're coming from on that. And as for ratings: IMDB clearly says PG-13, not R, and certainly not AA - whatever the hell that is (hint: not a rating classification).
Your facts are crossed: As someone already pointed out: Rush Hour came out BEFORE Shanghai Noon, so not exactly sure where you're coming from on that. And as for ratings: IMDB clearly says PG-13, not R, and certainly not AA - whatever the hell that is (hint: not a rating classification).
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2:45PM on 05/13/2010
Obviously your not canadian because the AA rating is or at least was a rating classification when RUSH HOUR came out. Lots of our films are rated AA (Adult Accompaniment). So actually you have your facts crossed.
Obviously your not canadian because the AA rating is or at least was a rating classification when RUSH HOUR came out. Lots of our films are rated AA (Adult Accompaniment). So actually you have your facts crossed.
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11:47PM on 05/12/2010

Facts are crossed

edit: double post
edit: double post
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12:20PM on 05/13/2010

Wait....What?

Really? That loud, high octave guy who yells in all his movies? One of MadTV's few truly funny skits had a fake trailer for a movie starring Chris Tucker and Rosie Perez and at one point they just started making random noises as opposed to words. Because it's true.
I can understand yelling at Hollywood for a lot of things, but allowing a somewhat, moderately funny "side character" actor to disappear is not something to yell at them for. He's gone and we are blessed for it. He was
Really? That loud, high octave guy who yells in all his movies? One of MadTV's few truly funny skits had a fake trailer for a movie starring Chris Tucker and Rosie Perez and at one point they just started making random noises as opposed to words. Because it's true.
I can understand yelling at Hollywood for a lot of things, but allowing a somewhat, moderately funny "side character" actor to disappear is not something to yell at them for. He's gone and we are blessed for it. He was good in Fifth Element and Friday was "ok" at best, but seriously? This is a "c'mon Hollywood"?

I can't wait for the edition titled "What ever happened to Tara Reid?"
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