Chris Rock claims to have dismissed employees who refused to listen to women.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘How come he’s not doing…’ He told Nicole Kidman, who was interviewing him for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, “And then I think, ‘Oh, [it’s because a lady asked him to do it].”
When asked why he feels it’s vital to listen to women, the 56-year-old Brooklyn comedian praises women for assisting him in the early phases of his career, Kidman replied, “I don’t know, maybe my mother.” Women like Joy Behar and Susie Essman took me under their wings when I first began out as a comedian.”
“I have simply always been around powerful women,” he continued. “Even in comedy, females ran the clubs. Mitzi Shore was the most powerful [woman] in Los Angeles, and Silver Friedman [the wife of Improv Club owner Budd Freidman] was the most powerful [woman] in New York.”
“Everyone speaks about how stand-up is a boys’ club,” he continues, “but stand-up has been operated by a lot of women for a long time.”
Both actresses also spoke about their admiration for Lucille Ball, the legendary comic, and the challenges she must have experienced as a woman.
In another part of the conversation, Kidman said to Rock regarding her height (5’11”), “So many guys don’t want to work with a tall lady,” to which Rock answered, “I adore a tall woman.”
Bring it on, guys. The greater the height, the better.
Last month, Rocks’ newest film, “Spiral: From the Book of Saw,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella, was released.
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