*According to actor/producer/comedian Chris Rock, he has fired staffers who have a problem listening to and being directed by women.
“I was like, ‘How come he’s not doing… And then I realize, ‘Oh, [it’s because a woman asked him to do it],” he told Nicole Kidman, who was interviewing him for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series.
As far Rock is concerned, it was women who helped him in the early stages of his career, and when Kidman asked why he thinks it’s important to listen to women, his response was:
“I don’t know, maybe my mother. When I started out as a comedian, women like Joy Behar and Susie Essman put me under their wing.”
“I don’t know,” he added, “I have just always been around powerful women. Even in comedy, the clubs were run by women. Comedy Store was Mitzi Shore in L.A. and the most powerful [woman] in New York was Silver Friedman [the wife of Improv Club owner Budd Freidman].”
The 56-year-old Brooklyn native added: “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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Both actors also expressed their love for iconic comedian Lucille Ball and the difficulties she must have faced as a woman.
Elsewhere in the interview — in an exchange about Kidman’s height (she’s 5’11”) — the Aussie actress told Rock:
“So many men don’t want to work with a tall woman,” to which Rock replied, “I love a tall woman. Bring them on. The taller, the better.”
Rocks latest film premiered “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella last month.