10 Questions with Chris Rock

Comedian and provocateur Chris Rock on race, presidential politics and being funny in the age of YouTube

Javier Sirvent for TIME

Chris Rock

You're in your third Madagascar installment. Is your most successful movie role that of a zebra?
Zebra, yes! When I play an animal, everybody better look out. It's like Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt are saying, "Oh my God, Rock's taking the voice of an animal. We gotta push our movies back!"

Your zebra wondered at one point if he was black with white stripes or white with black stripes. Is race still an interesting subject comedically for you?
Sometimes, yeah. And sometimes I'm bored with it, to tell you the truth. The world isn't where it was...

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