TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being Black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie.
Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.
Union, who plays the role of a reality television star in “Top Five” told Martin, “I wanted to give an alternate view, obviously she is going to be glamorous, she’s going to be fly, she’s going to be a diva but at the same time I wanted to show their humanity.”
Union added that what we would assume about women in the reality television industry is that they would flip the camera on and exploit someone’s struggle with addiction for ratings, but “the realty is that not everything is for sale with these people.”
Check out Roland Martin’s interview with Gabrielle Union in the clip above and make sure you go out and see Chris Rock’s “Top Five” which premieres in theaters December 12th.
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