His 2012 role in “Silver Linings Playbook” was his first movie role in five years since “Rush Hour 3” (a movie that briefly made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood) in 2007—a film franchise he hopes to reprise with a Rush Hour 4.
No, Tucker is too much of a perfectionist and too involved with his family life to rush his own career. But in 2011, Tucker did return to his roots by beginning to play comedy clubs again.
“I waited a long time and the right things weren’t coming to me—the roles I was offered weren’t that challenging—so I started trying to develop a bunch of projects for myself,” Tucker told The Daily Beast in 2012 (he doesn’t do a lot of interviews either). “I was always looking and hoping the right thing would come. I knew stepping back a bit and going back to my stand-up roots would help me gain perspective.”
Tucker fans can see some of that perspective when the comedian plays at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this Saturday, August 23 in the Event Center. Tucker’s Borgata appearance is one of only three remaining shows he has scheduled for the year and the only stop on the East Coast.
Still, Tucker remains a busy guy promoting his charitable Chris Tucker Foundation, traveling and raising his family.
And he can still make headlines now and then, such as when he recently tweeted that he was mistaken at an airport for actor Jamie Foxx and given Foxx’s limo. Tucker said he has to go back and return the car to Foxx.
You may hear about it at the Event Center. Though Tucker’s stand-up appearances have been rare, they’ve also been raved about by critics.
And it par for the course for the comedian who has always chosen his gigs carefully. Is it any wonder he chose to play for a Borgata Atlantic City crowd?