Chris Tucker's saving grace
"Save your money, man, just save your money," Tucker replied.
Tucker appeared to be practicing what he preached in the short time I observed him. He flew in the cheap seats with the rest of us on a shuttle from Paris to Nice. No entourage. No obvious bling that his blabbermouth alter-ego might admire in "Rush Hour," the buddy-cop trilogy with Jackie Chan that has cleared more than $500 million at the U.S. box offce.
Tucker received $25 million for "Rush Hour 3." He got points, too, as they say in the biz, for a percentage of the gross. He probably isn't hurting for cash, but he might be hurting for attention. He has not made any films outside of the "Rush Hour"
franchise in the last 13 years. The last "Rush Hour" was released three years ago, and there's no substantial talk of a "Rush Hour 4."
He has homes in California, Florida and Georgia and a son to support, according to IMDB.com. Unless his financial adviser is Nicolas Cage, that sounds like a reasonable lifestyle for someone of his earnings history.
I didn't get the time to ask him what he was up to in Cannes, but I did follow up on personal finance. The 37-year-old actor and standup comic, wearing a pylon-orange chapeau, said he got the advice to save from friends, but didn't offer specific anecdotes for how the words of wisdom helped him. "I don't know one off-hand, but just save your money."
Did the strategy work out for him? Tucker ducked into his waiting limo and said with a smile, "Yeah, it did."