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Chris Rock sets comic sights on devilish credit


Actor Chris Rock walks on stage to accept the award for Outstanding Documentary at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Chris Rock walks on stage to accept the award for Outstanding Documentary at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - His new movie opened in theaters on Friday, but already comedian Chris Rock has set his sight on a new film venture that takes aim at consumers' love of credit, which Rock calls the devil.

"Credit and debt is the root of all evil, and you can trace almost every bad act in this country and the world, to people's financial status at the time," he told Reuters in an interview for his new film, "Death at a Funeral."

Rock, whose satirical wit has made audiences laugh on TV and in movies, was touring theaters last year with his film documentary "Good Hair," about hair care products.

When asked if he had another nonfiction film in his future, Rock said he did. It may take years to reach theaters, but already Rock has a title in mind, "Credit is the Devil."

"You know, documentaries take like three years -- you start, you stop, you start, you stop," he said.

After the past two years of financial market meltdown, economic recession and a nascent recovery, debt problems are something that many people around the world know a lot about. But Rock said he has escaped any personal credit crunch.

"I've been lucky. I made money early on, and I don't spend money either, so this is it," he said, pointing to his everyday wardrobe. "This plastic bracelet is my big expenditure."

(Reporting by Phil Furey of Reuters TV; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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