Just a Minute With: Chris Rock on his "Good Hair"

Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:19pm EST
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By Michelle Nichols

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Chris Rock makes people laugh with his looks behind U.S. race relations, culture and politics, but he was stumped for an answer when his young daughter Lola asked: "how come I don't have good hair?".

So Rock set out to learn, and the result is his film documentary "Good Hair," which takes audiences deep inside the multi-billion dollar business of hair care products. What emerges is an often funny, yet serious take on the culture of black Americans and their hair.

The documentary premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, the top gathering for U.S. independent movies, where Rock spoke to Reuters about exactly what makes "Good Hair."

Q: How did this documentary come about?

A: "My daughter and my friend's daughters all have these hair issues, and it just made me want to do a movie about hair. I knew about the Bonner Brothers hair competition (in Atlanta) for a long time and I kind of wanted to do a movie about that. But between my daughter and the Bonner Brothers hair show, it just evolved into something bigger and stronger."

Q: How old was your daughter when she told you she didn't like her hair?

A: "She was about five. Kids say all sorts of things that you don't know where you got it from. I'm the dad and I'm basically her assistant, and any time she's not pleased with anything I have to react. So I made a movie for my baby."

Q: What did you learn by making the film?   Continued...

<p>Actor Chris Rock poses for a portrait while promoting the documentary "Good Hair" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>