Chris Rock Slams Jackie Robinson Biopic in Top Five Outtake

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28:  Chris Rock performs on stage at Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Chris Rock Slams Jackie Robinson Biopic in Top Five Outtake

Comedian says 42 was a "piece of s**t."

Published March 6, 2015

42 was a hit with audiences, critics and the box office, but the film doesn't have a fan in Chris Rock. The actor gave a scathing critique of the Jackie Robinson biopic in an outtake from his recent comedy, Top Five. In a DVD extra for the film, Rock performs a stand-up routine that slams the 2013 film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the boundary-breaking baseball player.


"People liked that movie," Rock tells the crowd in the clip. “I thought it was a piece of s**t.”

"Just the whole ‘legend of Jackie Robinson’ bulls***," he explains. "They try to make it seem like he got to play because he was so good — like he was the first Black man that actually learned how to play baseball. Like all the Black people before him were just licking the ball."

Rock also took issue with the credit given to Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey, played in the film by Harrison Ford.

"Any civil rights movie, there’s two heroes: There’s the Black hero — and the white person that’s equally as important," Rock joked.

Rock's jab at Ford doesn't exactly come at the best time. The Star Wars actor was hospitalized on Thursday after having to make an emergency crash landing of a vintage airplane he was flying. Though Ford suffered injuries, he is expected to make a full recovery. 

Top Five, also starring Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart, will be released on March 17 on DVD and Blu-ray. Check out the clip below. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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