‘When he said that, it was like a Mike Tyson left hook’
WE’RE battling to get our heads around this, but why would anyone be mean to MICHAEL
EALY? He must be the sweetest, prettiest man in Tinseltown, yet CHRIS ROCK didn’t always seem to think so. Michael and the comedian co-starred in the action comedy Bad Company in 2002 and the actor has now told the Chicago Tribune the superstar comic had been pretty nasty to him when he returned to the set for reshoots. “Right before [the director] says ‘action’, Chris looks over at me and he says: ‘Oh (pause). Still in the business, huh?’
“When he said that, it was like a Mike Tyson left hook. And I knew he wasn’t joking around. I think maybe he was trying to disguise it as playful teasing, but it was a dig.” Michael was gutted by the remark but ignored it and carried on.
“He was a big star and maybe he didn’t think I was going to be around much,” he recalled.
A few years later Michael was nominated for a Golden Globe for his action series Sleeper Cell, and ran into Chris at the award ceremony where he apologised. “You know what he said? ‘I love your work and I apologise for what I said’’.”
That experience motivated him, Michael added. “There will be plenty of people who won’t believe in you. Some will be in positions of power, some will be huge stars. But no matter how crushing it feels, you can’t give up. You have to keep pushing.”