Chris Rock Says He’s ‘Fired People’ On Set ‘Because They Couldn’t Listen To A Woman’
Chris Rock is all about supporting women, and willing to take drastic steps to do so.
In yesterday’s (June 10th) Actors on Actors interview with Nicole Kidman for Variety magazine, the comedian and actor revealed a rule he has on his sets.
“I’ve fired people because they couldn’t listen to a woman. I was like, ‘How come he’s not doing …?’ And then I realize, ‘Oh.'”
They spoke on his guideline while Nicole Kidman opened about her upcoming role as Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s Being The Ricardos.
She addressed the hardships Lucille Ball experienced and said,
“She was a trailblazer. She formed her production company. Desi [Arnaz] was Cuban, and she had to fight to get him on the show. They had just so many things in their marriage that are so relevant today, and what she was also dealing with in terms of everything that artists deal with, where you’re up against big corporations. And you’re like, ‘No, this is art.'”
Chris Rock added,
“Let’s not downplay the fact [of] how hard it must’ve been to be a woman at that time going through, you know, just like, ‘I’m the boss. Not him. I’m the boss.'”
He went on to say that he’s never had any issues working for a woman, crediting his very strong mother and female comics like Joy Behar and Susie Essman who mentored him in the earlier days of his career.
“I just always was around these powerful women. I mean, even in comedy, the clubs were run by women…Everybody talks about how stand-up is a boys’ club, but stand-up’s been run by a lot of women for a lot of years.”
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