"In two years, I will have spent half my life doing stand-up," Chappelle says from his New York home. "I will have spent as much time doing comedy as I haven't been doing it, and I'm just getting to appreciate that. When you're young and people tell you they can't believe you're doing it, you just think 'Ahh, whatever.' I mean, you're young, you don't care. But now I understand.
Chappelle has just finished work on Foolproof, a film with Norm Macdonald and Danny DeVito. The script, penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt and That Darn Cat), was originally intended for Redd Foxx and Robin Harris, who were too dead to make it. But Chappelle's next project is King of the Park, a film about his mentor Charlie Barnett, the late New York City street comedian who was a regular guest on Miami Vice. Chappelle's been working on the film for several years and will begin shooting it this summer. "I've been doing things this year that I'm really passionate about," he says.
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And though he's excited about the film projects, Chappelle's almost giddy about hitting the road again. "I'm incredibly glad to be back on tour," he says. "I can't tell you how glad I am." Of course, money isn't the only perk from doing movies; it also means more exposure for tours such as these. "Movies make doing comedy more fun," he explains. "People actually come out to see the show. They recognize my name from movies. They expect to see a movie guy trying to do comedy, but I'm really just a comedy guy trying to do movies."
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