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Tracy Morgan on First Sunday

Published January 11, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Screen Gems.
First Sunday comes out now that Tracy Morgan is a comedy star on TV's 30 Rock. There were no Tracy Morgan movies during all his years on Saturday Night Live.

Tracy Morgan Talks First Sunday

"I am just glad that I have the opportunity to do this movie," said Morgan. "I'm not Will Smith. I'm not getting three movies this summer. Nobody's really banging down my door but when the offers do come, I appreciate it. I'm going to leave it at that."

Ice Cube and Morgan play criminals robbing the local church, who end up taking the congregation hostage. In one take where the duo debate what to do with the hostages, Morgan said he thought it would be the take that ends up in the trailer.

"Oh man, just think about it. You think about the premiere, you think about the red carpet, you think about all the things that go into it. You think about the people who are going to come to the movie. That jazzes me up. $9.75, that's the price of admission. All of that jazzes me up! When it hits, you just get psyched. It's not work when I'm here, you can see it. So being here you don't have to do much to get hyped. Just com in to work. I know big comedians, I still go to the comedy clubs and a lot of them will probably unfortunately never get to this level. So, haaah, holler at me!"

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The character in First Sunday will not be a movie version of Tracy Jordan. Morgan is thinking long term career filmography. " I understand the role I have in a series. I've always wanted to make a distinction in everything that I did. I mean, when you look at Al Pacino when he did Scarface he's a Cuban! When you looked at <B>Carlito's Way</B>, he was Puerto Rican but from the east side of Harlem and you see that! I've always watched that. I've always wanted to make a distinction. I don't want Leejohn to be the same as Tracy Jordan. So I have to find out what do I have to do to make that distinction. That's where knowing your craft comes in."

Of course, that is a work in progress for Morgan. "I don't know yet. I haven't really thought about it, but I know there is a distinction. What distinguishes, I'll tell you. I do know. Leejohn is showing emotion and he has a buddy. Tracy Jordan doesn't. I mean, he is loveable, he's likeable, he's an international movie star. You don't get to that level not being loveable and likeable, but in this movie I'm showing a range of emotion. Most comedians never get asked to do that, especially when you've made box office success being funny. I would love to see Eddie Murphy in a tear-jerker. But who wants to see that? Who wants to pay for that? Eddie is known for doing his funny thing, but I'm quite sure as a dramatic actor he would be [great] because all the great ones make you laugh and cry. Remember Richard Pryor in Lady Sings to Blues? He cried. So that's what I want to achieve."

First Sunday opens to theaters on January 11th.

For trailer links, poster, stills and more movie info, go to the First Sunday Movie Page.

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