Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “New Jack City”

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Pookie

This was one of Chris Rock’s first feature film roles and people really bought his portrayal. Growing up in Bed Stuy, Chris Rock knew firsthand what crack did to people. He had friends on crack, he knew guys who sold crack. He said, “I wasn’t on crack but we kind of all were on crack at the time. Crack had taken over my neighborhood. It was kind of easy to be ‘Pookie’ at  that moment in my life.” He really sold it. On his episode of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” Chris joked that drug dealers must have thought it was some kind of documentary.  Rock explained that for years after New Jack City, drug dealers would greet and hug Chris before sliding crack into his pockets.

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