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Rock, Stiller come to Cannes with ‘Madagascar’
Question of the Day
Two of the most influential comedians over the last two decades, they have seemingly always orbited in the same world _ both New York performers about the same age _ but have hardly ever collaborated.
“We cross paths,” Rock says of their roles in “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” “We’re cowboys. We see each other at the saloon.”
Speaking from Cannes, where the two New Yorkers are promoting the latest installment in the popular DreamWorks Animation franchise, Stiller says: “We’ve each been doing our own things, but after a while, you have that sort of shared history, which you really value.”
Rock, 47, and Stiller, 46, both married around the same time and have kids about the same age. They each had a stint on “Saturday Night Live,” tried Broadway last year and now live in the suburbs of New York.
“It was a long time ago,” says Stiller.
In “Madagascar 3,” which opens June 8, the two return to voice their now familiar characters _ Stiller as Alex the lion, Rock as Marty the zebra _ each Central Park Zoo performers who travel from Africa to Europe and join a traveling circus.
Earlier this year, Rock said at the Oscars’ ceremony that voiceover work is comically easy: “UPS is hard work. Stripping wood is hard work,” he said, grinning broadly. Whereas voiceover acting, he continued, is saying few lines in a sound booth, “And then they give me a million dollars!”
“I don’t think that far ahead!” Rock replies. “There’s a task at hand: Get some laughs at the Oscars.”
Rock certainly accomplished that, in what was generally considered one of the best moments of the ceremony. But he was also criticized by some in the industry and has seen his comments frequently brought up in animated movie releases.
“Jeffrey did call me up and say, `Are we paying you too much?’” says Rock, referring to DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“Madagascar” has now been around for 7 years, which has led to the characters becoming “pretty well defined now,” says Stiller. “That makes it easy to find the humor within the situations because Marty is who he is and is who he is. It makes the possibility for it to be funny in a way that’s character-oriented as opposed to just jokes.”
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