What happened to Chris Tucker after starring in the Rush Hour trilogy? By 2020, most of the American comedian’s most popular films will offer comfort watch for locked-down streamers, but not much after 2007. Still, Tucker remains a relevant figure within the industry, certainly in the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: filthy rich.
With the parts in Panther and Dead Presidents, his fan base grew in black culture. Tucker then came to the mainstream with his films Jackie Brown of Money Talks, The Fifth Element, and Quentin Tarantino. Overall, these Tucker shows have demonstrated their viability as an A-list star, and his comedic versatility, regardless of the film’s production budget.
For the original 1997 franchise starter, Tucker reunited with Money Talks director Brett Ratner and starred opposite true martial arts icon Jackie Chan. The mix of different comedy genres and cultural perspectives allowed the franchise to go anywhere, literally and figuratively, as both Rush Hour and Rush Hour II surpassed their budget at the box office.
After a busy career in Rush Hour, Tucker accepted no other film roles in the entire running of the franchise. According to reports, he decided to make more limited choices after becoming a born-again Christian the same year that Rush Hour was released in 1997.
As Tucker’s life changed spiritually over a quarter-century ago, his sense of humour changed naturally. Instead of retrying the foul-mouthed Smokey in Friday franchise, he rode the Rush Hour train and reaped the financial reward. Incidentally, Tucker did not want to live an active Hollywood career, mainly because he did not need money.
When Tucker returned, it was for a small supporting role in the Best Picture Oscar nominee Silver Linings Playbook, a romantic comedy. Since then, Tucker has only appeared in Ang Lee’s 2016 war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. He also starred in the 2015 Netflix Comedy Special.
Tucker has been reported to have tax problems for the past decade, but he does not appear to be out of business. At the age of 48, Chris Tucker seems to be enjoying another extended break from the film industry, and his comedy style still resonates with the film audience.