Chris Rock On ‘Empire’: Actor To Play Prison Inmate In Season 2
Chris Rock is heading to Empire— as a prison inmate?
That’s right! The Top Five actor will be featured in the second season of the hit Fox series as an incarcerated criminal.
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels confirmed the news on Twitter and Instagram with pictures and videos from the first two days of shooting.
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In an Instagram video posted to Lee Daniel’s official page on Tuesday, he briefly interviewed Chris Rock alongside Terrence Howard about his first day of shooting.
“My first day was incredible working with the great Terrence Howard, the great Lee Daniels…”
Terrence Howard then joined the conversation, discussing an apparent fight scene between their two characters. In response to his comment, the 50-year-old comedian quipped about Terrence’s “reputation” that had all three of them laughing.
Terrence: “And Terrence punched him in the stomach by accident…four times.”
Chris: “I don’t know if it was by accident. He does have a reputation.”
Empire fans and critics know that the epic finale of the show’s first season ended with Lucious Lyon behind bars, plotting his plan for a comeback as well as inevitable payback to the people that helped put him there in the first place.
Very little information about the new season’s story has been released or confirmed. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Adam Rodriguez will also join the Empire cast in Season 2 as a potential love interest for Cookie — played by Taraji P. Henson.
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Other stars that will make guest appearances in the second season include Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys. There are even some rumors circulating online that the Oscar-nominated actress and media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, could show up on the Empire set as well, according to TMZ.
Perhaps Chris will get a chance to use the same comic relief and timing for this incarcerated character as he did in the 2004 prison football film, The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler.
On the other hand, Chris Rock might get a chance to show off his versatility as an actor by playing more of a dramatic, non-humorous role in the popular series. Empire fans will just have to wait and see what happens when the show’s highly-anticipated season premieres on Wednesday, September 23.
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