Chris Rock Jokes Ben Stiller Made His Kids 'Read For the Part'

11/10/2008 at 12:00 PM ET
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For the stars who lent their voices as Alex, Gloria, and Marty in the new movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the film has turned into quite a family affair! Following the lead of their co-star Jada Pinkett Smith — who appeared on the morning show last week with her daughter Willow Camille Reign — actors Ben Stiller and Chris Rock stopped by the Today show to discuss their roles in the film.

During the light, comic interview, Ben dishes that not only was he a big part of the movie, but his kids were given a chance to act as well. With his two children in tow — daughter Ella Olivia, 6, and son Quinlin Dempsey, 3 — Ben was ready to watch them in action as the pair made their film debut. Unfortunately, however, the duo were a bit intimidated. “They lasted about 45 seconds and then there was crying,” shares Ben, who goes on to reveal that their meltdown was actually used in the film since it was “real emotion.”

Although their father was an instrumental part of the film, the Stiller children were not automatically handed the part, the co-stars joke. With comedian Chris reminding his 42-year-old co-star that he was “leaving out the fact that you made them read for the part,” Ben laughs that — his kids or not — he is a man of equal opportunity!

“Of course. Well, yeah, there’s no favoritism.”

Ella and Quinlin are Ben’s children with wife Christine Taylor.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is now in theaters.

Source: Today

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st pooch on

i saw the movie & i thought that was great. i’m very happy that Ella Olivia & Quinlan Dempsey made little debut & more to come! ;)
i’m impressed Chris Rock’s performances on this movie and the lady on this photo’s besides a some unknown homosexual indivsuals… thank you… no further comment plz….LOL

st pooch on

I like the lady on top photo’s on this page but not the guy on the right. Who is that guy? i think the guy is just her “Mean Manager”….
Uhhh~! ahhhh~! lol

I saw the movies and i had a good fun. but i think most of kids were not reaaly watching movies at theaters. it was very distructive crowds of kids were there and i wanted have money back.

daphne on

meredith viera’s laugh is soooo annoying!!!

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