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Many audiences might not know that this weekend’s comedy Death at a Funeral is a remake. The British movie only came out a few years ago, but this one has movie stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and more. Rock was confident doing a remake because hew knew he could keep one sure fire thing from the original.
Chris Rock Witnesses a Death at a Funeral
“When you know a movie’s ending works, your life’s so much easier,” Rock said. “It doesn’t make the rest of the movie not difficult in parts but boy, when you know… I’ve remade a few movies and they all have one thing in common, great endings. If you’re going to remake something, make sure that ending was tight. I would say it’s a little less challenging if you have a great ending. If you don’t have a great ending, don’t remake the movie.”
In both versions of the film, a dysfunctional family gets together for the funeral of a patriarch. “You watch a lot of the movies out right now, we’re not doing a lot of one guy comedy right now. A lot of things are collaborations, something like Date Night right now or The Hangover is like a bunch of people. So I thought the fact that it had a lot of funny parts was perfect for me, not wanting to have to carry a whole movie. And also, something a studio would really be into. So I thought it would work that way.”
Death at a Funeral
The American Funeral will just play to bigger audiences. “One of the reasons I wanted to remake it, I saw it in an art house. I saw it like in a little theater with like 10 people. Something to me just said this is like a pop movie. Why is this playing at an art house? Me and the other 10 people are laughing our asses off. Have you ever been in a theater with no people just laughing? Because you normally need other people around to get rid of your inhibitions but we didn’t care. It was amazing.”
Now Rock thinks Death at a Funeral will know no boundaries. “I think we made an American family comedy. Despite the R, I think this is a movie you can see with your whole family. This is a movie for absolutely everybody. That’s what I think. Big, great cast. Black, white. All the black people that aren’t in a Tyler Perry right now are in the movie. If you like it, please spread the word.”
Death at a Funeral opens to theaters on April 16th.