Chris Rock's 'easy' film work

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This fun-filled animation begins at the Central Park Zoo where Marty the zebra is celebrating his tenth birthday, but longs to see the rest of the world outside the gates of the zoo. Marty and three buddies, Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus, escape and embark on the adventure of their lives.
October 8th, 2012

Chris Rock says voicing a film character is ''easy'' compared to ''real work''.

The 47-year-old actor lends his voice to the role of Marty the zebra in the 'Madagascar' film franchise and he is grateful about being able to star in computer-animated movies rather than be a cleaner.

He said: ''It's easy compared to work. I mean, we're working right now, but we're not working like the person who's got to clean up this room later. That's real work.''

But David Schwimmer - who portrays Melman the giraffe in the 'Madagascar' movie series - insists he took on the role because he's always loved animated movies rather than because of the financial benefit.

He added: ''I don't think we do it just for the money. We're all fortunate enough to have had a career. For me, I'm such a fan of animated movies and wanted to be a part of a great one. Ever since I was a boy, I loved animals - and in 'The Jungle Book' it was wonderful to see them brought to life.

''I'd never tried it, never voiced a character. When I was offered this, I said, who's my character? They said: 'A giraffe.' And I thought: 'Of course. I have a long face, I'm taller than the other guys.' It was a chance to try something new.''