HOLLYWOOD—Tracy Morgan’s career is taking off. The actor and comedian can be seen in the new film “What Men Want.” The film is a take on the Mel Gibson flick with the obvious twist in the tale being about chicks finding out what the men are after. In Nancy Meyers’ film, Gibson was granted access to the most private thoughts floating through women’s minds on the regular. However, in the current Hollywood era, where gender-swapped reboots are still (I guess) all the rage, the scenario is getting flipped. T
Taraji P. Henson will hear men’s thoughts, and one of those men will be Tracy Morgan. The “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” starred in the Paramount Pictures movie. The remake of Meyers’ 2000 rom-com was directed by Adam Shankman and stars Henson as a sports agent continually marginalized by her male colleagues.
Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking .Thus, helping her beat them to signing the next NBA superstar. Morgan plays the NBA star’s father, who is brash and loud, a la current Lakers “dadager” Lavar Ball.
Morgan has appeared in numerous films as an actor and voice actor. Yes, his voice does carry, which is absolutely great. He comes from humble beginning, born in the Bronx and raised in Tompkins Houses in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He married his girlfriend Sabina and dropped out of high school just four credits short of his diploma to care for his ailing father. Morgan embarked on a stand-up comedy career, successfully enough that he “finally moved to a nice community in Riverdale, from a run-down apartment next to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.”
He made his screen debut playing Hustle Man on the television show “Martin.” The character sold various items from the “hood,” always greeting people with his trademark “What’s happ’n, chief?” and had a pet dog he dressed as a rapper. Morgan joined the cast of the comedy series “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 (Lorne Michaels chose him over Stephen Colbert in the final round) and performed as a regular until 2003. From 2006 to 2013, he was a cast member of the television series “30 Rock,” playing the character Tracy Jordan, a caricature of himself. His work on the series was well-received, and he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2009 Emmy Awards. He hosted the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
On October 20, 2009, Morgan’s autobiography, “I Am the New Black,” was released. The book includes stories about living in Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, to becoming a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He appeared on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross, at times becoming very emotional about his former life in a New York ghetto. I bumped into Tracy when he was out promoting his new book. “The Last O.G. Cookbook.”
That night Tracy was very emotional, he spoke of his car accident, where he almost lost his life. His best friend died in the car accident which involved a Walmart tractor-trailer. On June 7, 2014, Morgan was a passenger in a Mercedes Sprinter minibus involved in a six-vehicle crash in New Jersey. Just after 1:00 a.m. EDT, the vehicle was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike near Cranbury, when it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer operated by Walmart, causing a chain reaction crash. Morgan and three other comedians, including Harris Stanton, along with Morgan’s assistant and two limousine company employees, were returning from an engagement at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware, as part of Morgan’s “Turn it Funny” stand-up comedy tour.
The crash killed Morgan’s friend and collaborator, 62-year-old comedian James McNair. He spoke of God and being alive, mostly of forgiveness, and how he missed his first wife that passed away from cancer.
On July 10, 2014, Morgan sued Walmart for negligence. On May 27, 2015, Walmart settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. Tracy lives in a mansion in Alpine, New Jersey, which has a shark tank and two guard dogs that stay in a three-car garage fully equipped with everything you can possibly think of.
Rose’s Scoop: The 2019 Met Gala took place on May 6, and some of the best-dressed celebrities were Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and her siblings. Her Mom, Kris Jenner looked fabulous as well.