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*Fame is the object of many actors. But according to Chris Rock, “black fame” is different from “white fame.”

So much so that the funnyman made a point of highlighting the consequences of fame for black entertainers for his upcoming film “Top Five.”

“I wanted to do a movie in some ways about black fame. Cause being famous as a black guy is a little different than being famous as a white guy,” Rock told “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose while discussing race and authenticity during a recent interview. “Tom Hanks is an amazing actor. Denzel Washington is a God to his people…Denzel Washington has a responsibility that Tom Cruise, Liam Neeson, and all these guys they don’t have. They just make their art.”

“No one goes, ‘Hey, Tom Cruise … Stay white. Don’t forget your whiteness…come back and visit the white people… what you doing for white people, Tom Cruise?’ Nobody says that to Tom Cruise,” he continued “…’Yo Stallone, what you doing for Italians, man?’ No one says that to Sylvester Stallone.”

To further emphasize his point, Rock continued to highlight Washington as a prime example of what the actor’s black fans expect from the revered actor.

“They want to know that Denzel loves his people. That Denzel is doing stuff for his people. And they feel Denzel’s highs and lows more than white people feel …Tom Hanks does a bad movie, there’s going to be another good movie by somebody white next week. But if Denzel does a bad movie, I might not see a good black movie for a year. I am really left out here hangin’,” he said.

Arriving in theaters for a limited release on Dec. 5, “Top Five” has generated a healthy buzz for Rock, who collected the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for directing and writing the movie during last weekend’s Hollywood Film Awards.

“Top Five” is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on Dec. 12. To see Rock’s interview with Rose, check out the video below:


(Chris Rock Says the Inspiration for ‘Top Five’ is ‘Black Fame’)