Oprah: Since those times, how has your vision for yourself taken shape—is there a life strategy or plan for Chris Rock?
Chris: What is my vision for Chris Rock? You mean you want me to talk about myself in the third person?
Oprah: I know—doesn't it make you crazy when people refer to themselves as if they're not sitting right there?
Chris: That's a sure sign someone is going crazy—when he refers to himself in the third person, talks in low tones, and walks around wearing shades all day! But anyway, to answer your question, the only plan I have is to not do anything I don't want to do—and to never work just for money. I also want to always live below my means. That's the master plan. The rest will take care of itself.
Oprah: You've got it!
Chris: If you live below your means, you can turn down stuff all the time.
Oprah: And if you live below your means long enough, you'll never have to work for money again. I wish more entertainers would realize that.
Chris: I do, too. I see guys who can't make 10 percent of what I make, and yet they have four Bentleys, three houses, and four bodyguards.
Oprah: So that's never going to happen to you?
Oprah: Do you live pretty modestly?
Chris: Yes. I just bought a house next door to a doctor's home—that's not too rich. You know you're rich when you have to drive for a half hour to get to your house once you're on your property.
Oprah: In the coming years, what can the world expect from Chris Rock?
Chris: Lots more jokes, I hope. The biggest question for me now is this: How do I mature while at the same time not allowing myself to be watered down? Oprah, you're going to save the world—but I'm all about the comedy!
Oprah: Do you approach life from a comedic point of view, or are you serious most of the time?
Chris: Both. I can see the humor in just about any situation. After I lost my dad [his father died in 1989], I realized that none of us should take things too seriously, because everything except death works itself out. Everything. No matter what happens or how difficult things become, you will eventually feel better.
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