CBS Detroit – The Motor City was the fourth stop out of five for actor and comedian Chris Rock as he stopped by the Motown Museum for a photo op. A free, advanced screening of the film was held at Emagine Canton in conjunction with the appearance. It’s all part of a promotional tour for his new movie “Top 5,” which opens in theaters Friday, Dec. 12.
WWJ’s Charlie Langton asked Rock what he thought of Detroit and the news of its recent exit from bankruptcy. Rock quipped, “You should go out and buy something Detroit.” He also asked the room of reporters about the status of disgraced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Rock once called Kwame, “America’s first hip-hop mayor.”
Paramount Pictures announced that Detroit is one of Chris Rock’s “Top 5” cities. There are actually 10 cities he visited — five on Wednesday and five on Thursday — including Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago and Toronto.
Rock wrote and directed “Top 5” and shares the screen with an ensemble cast including Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced the film and it’s produced by Jay Z, Kanye West, Questlove, known for leading the band on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and serving as the drummer for The Roots.