Exclusive: Chris Rock Tries To Prove A Point About Racism In ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock is hard to escape these days. Recently, the comedy powerhouse sat down with Vulture for a wonderfully extensive interview then chopped it up with longtime pal Questlove for the New York Times. All of this in support of his self-directed flick Top Five.

Here, Rock plays Andre Allen, a New York-based comic-turned-film-star who’s forced to face his past because of Times journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson). The cameos read like a VIP list with Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd and Leslie Jones all making appearances. Oh, and it’s co-produced by Hov and Kanye West with executive music producer Questlove.

Name-drops aside, Rock tries to find his natural spot in the limelight. In this sneak peek, Dawson yells at Rock to “wake up and smell the progress!” as he tries to prove a point about race in America by hailing a cab. Spoiler alert: the taxi screeches to a halt. Top Five rocks theaters on Dec. 12.