When it comes to stand-up, there's no denying Chris Rock's talents. While stand-up specials such as Bring The Pain (1996) and Never Scared (2004) rightly won Rock acclaim, Emmys and humungous wealth, movie outings such as Down To Earth (2001), Bad Company (2002) and I Think I Love My Wife (2007) have all gone straight down the pan.
Chris Rock has the kind of movie CV that makes Rob Schneider look shrewd.
"I'm lucky enough not to have to sweat my movie career," offers the 47-year-old funnyman. "And so, you know, I just say yes, usually, to a role that looks like a lot of fun and not a lot of work.
"It's not like I'm setting out to make bad movies, mind, but I don't see myself as the new Sidney Poitier. I just want to make people laugh, basically. And have a laugh whilst I'm doing it."
That freewheelin' approach to filmmaking has taken a shift in direction though with Rock's latest offering, 2 Days In New York, his trademark brash wise-cracks put on mute as he plays a mild-mannered journalist father.
The latest film from French actress Julie Delpy to deal with the sometimes wide French-American divide when it comes to relationships, this follows on from a romantic double-bill, 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset, and is a sequel of sorts to 2007's comedic 2 Days In Paris.
"I'm not sure what those fans will make of 2 Days In New York," he nods, "but, you know, I think they're smart enough to know from the title, from the rest of the cast, from even just the barest glimpse at what the story is about that, hey, this probably isn't going to be the usual Chris Rock outing.
"It'd be nice to think some will go expecting something broad and then just getting ambushed by this small film. The best films are the ones that take you by surprise, and I think 2 Days In New York will definitely sideswipe some people ...
"It's also good to push yourself a little. And that's what I'm doing with 2 Days In New York. It's just a weekend trip though -- I'm back in my comfort zone now.
"I'll be loud and proud once again for the foreseeable future ... "
2 Days In New York is in cinemas now