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Dolittle, the remake of the 1967 movie, Rock was the voice of the outspoken guinea pig, Rodney. Film critic Roger Ebert noted that Rock’s character got most of the laughs in the movie, and other critics wrote that Rodney was the cutest of the animals. In May 1999, the satire film Dogma debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France. In it, Rock played the thirteenth apostle, Rufus, who—according to the film—had been left out of the Bible because he was black. Making Dogma was hard work. The cast, which included Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Salma Hayek, and fellow comedian George Carlin, spent two weeks in rehearsals, six intense hours a day, before filming The Chris Rock Show began.

In May 1999, the satire film Dogma debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France. In it, Rock played the thirteenth apostle, Rufus, who—according to the film—had been left out of the Bible because he was black. Making Dogma was hard work. The cast, which included Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Salma Hayek, and fellow comedian George Carlin, spent two weeks in rehearsals, six intense hours a day, before filming The Chris Rock Show began. Rock was excited to work with the film’s director, Kevin Smith. The two got along very well.

Wanda Sykes, another former Chris Rock Show writer, also starred in the movie. Rock wrote about the racial issues that stemmed from this comical situation. Rock conferred with Bill Cosby during the making of Down to Earth. Rock had little experience as an executive producer of a film, and Cosby offered him advice. The movie collected poor reviews overall. Critics felt that the direction by Paul and Chris Weitz was weak and that the characters had no chance of developing. Chris Rock at Work Also in 2001, Rock provided the voices for characters in two movies.

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