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Career high point: Critically? "Jackie Brown." Commercially? "Rush Hour 2"
Career low point: Dropping off the face of the Earth.
How to fix it: This one's easy: Make movies. It might not necessarily work, but it's pretty much the only way anything's going to happen for Chris Tucker. And does he want anything to happen for him? Apparently not. Since 1998, Chris Tucker has made "Rush Hour," "Rush Hour 2" and "Rush Hour 3." And nothing else. He's become the Terrence Malick of mixed-race buddy cop movies, except that Terrence Malick has become weirdly prolific in recent years. Tucker's almost certain to have to come out of retirement soon in order to make nice with the IRS, but what studio is going to pay Tucker $20 million per movie (or even half that) based on a track record that doesn't include a non-"Rush Hour" hit since the '90s? There's a whole generation of viewers who have no awareness that Chris Tucker once made interesting movies like "Dead Presidents" and "Jackie Brown" and even "The Fifth Element" and barely has any awareness that he made movies at all.
- Daniel Fienberg