Chris Tucker Could Make His Comeback With The Silver Lining's Playbook And Neighborhood Watch

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-09-06 14:47:35discussion comments
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Does Chris Tucker have an immensely successful side business that Iím completely unaware of? Though heís been starring in movies since the early 90s, Tucker only has 11 films on his resume (the last one being 2007ís Rush Hour 3) and only began doing stand-up comedy again this year. Whether heís a financial genius who turned millions into billions or simply knows how to live with the money heís made I donít know, but what I do know is that it looks like heís ready to make his way back to the big screen. Variety reports that Chris Tucker is now up for parts in both David O. Russellís The Silver Liningís Playbook and Akiva Schafferís Neighborhood Watch.

In the Russell film, Bradley Cooper stars as a teacher who has a mental breakdown and is sent to a mental hospital for four years. After getting out, he is sent to live with his mother and while trying to get his wife back meets a young neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence) who has some issues of her own. Should negotiations go through, Tucker will play a mental patient who grows to be friends with Cooper while on the inside. Once Cooper is released, Tuckerís character occasionally breaks out so that he can visit him.

As for Neighborhood Watch, the movie is about a group of dads who form a fake committee so that they can have some time away from their wives. Their plan backfires, however, when they uncover a plot that could spell the end of the world. Though the report only says that Tucker is ďcircling a key role,Ē meaning he may not yet be in talks, he would play a divorcee who signs up to hang out with the other men. The project already stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.

Tucker actually hasnít made a movie outside of the Rush Hour franchise since 1997ís Jackie Brown, so it will be interesting to see him as a character other than Detective James Carter. I wonder if heíll once again be used as the annoying loud-mouth or if the projects will actually allow him to try something new.
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