Rock knows what he’s in for on Broadway, having seen such shows as “Fences,” “God of Carnage,” “Rock of Ages” and “Race.” He has grown a goatee for his new part and says he likes being able to sit down and discuss the work with the playwright.
“I like this process because it values the writer. Literally, nothing’s done without the writer’s approval _ and that’s so different from the movies. In the movies, they kind of hate the writers,” he says, laughing. “The writers’ union needs a Rosa Parks.”
Guirgis impresses him. “So few people can write and so few people can write blue collar. Nobody can do it,” he says. He has another, more personal reason to like the script, too: “It’s weird. When it gets good, it sounds like me.”
Being on Broadway may be stepping out of his comfort zone, but Rock points to other times he has done just that, such as the TV show “Everybody Hates Chris” or his documentary “Good Hair.”
“You just want to be involved with good work. It’s not even about, `Oh, look at me: I’m doing a play.’ I didn’t do `Good Hair’ because it was documentary. I just thought, `I could do something good here.’ Plain and simple. It’s all comedy anyway. It’s not all that different,” he says. “It’s a little more dramatic than things I’ve done, but it’s funnier than `New Jack City.’”
Rock says that, so far, the experience has been fun. He gets to enjoy a regular schedule after years of touring and take his kids to school in the morning, although the adult language in the play means his two girls, the oldest is 9, can’t visit daddy at work.
“It’s not a bad life. I got no beef. If it works out fine, I could absolutely do one of these every once in a while,” Rock says. Then he notes the title of the play and adds: “If I do another one, it might be a little more family friendly.”