The day will come when comic connoisseurs will look back at Top Five and marvel at the roster of multigenerational comic talent that Chris Rock put together for his romantic comedy about a Hollywood star who forgot how to be funny: Seinfeld, Whoopi, Sandler, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Tracy Morgan, J.B. Smoove, Michael Che, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah—and let’s not forget DMX.
You know that for as hilarious as their onscreen scenes were together, there must’ve been multiple outtakes where the best of the best simply went crazy on each other—looking for blood, looking to knock out the champ. Rock has said as much: “We got all these hungry, young comedians,” he said in one of the pre-release featurettes. “You know, you’re like in the ring and they’re trying to kill you. And I got to show these boys, like, ‘Heyyy, I’m Chris Motherf–kin’ Rock.’”
But it wasn’t just the young guns. There’s also Tracy Morgan, one of Rock’s contemporaries. You think he’s afraid of the champ? No chance. In one of the raw Blu-Ray extras, after Rock and Rosario Dawson grab a snack, Morgan and Rock exchange zingers in-character while the rest of the room howls with laughter. It’s not exactly Hagler/Hearns, but it’s close:
Top Five arrives on Digital HD on March 3 and Blu-ray and VOD on March 17. The home-video version of the movie features nearly 45 minutes of Rock’s stand-up outtakes, deleted scenes, and the top five moments not seen in the film.