The funnyman grew up in a tough area of Brooklyn, New York, and his mum Rosalie didn't encourage her son's lofty political ambitions.
And after the no-nonsense matriarch told her son his dream of being elected to the White House would end in assassination, Rock decided to give up concentrating on his studies.
He tells British talk show host Graham Norton, "When I was a kid, before I wanted to be a comedian, my dream was to be the president of the United States. The only real job I ever wanted. That was the only office I wanted, to be in the office of the president of the United States. I told my mother, and she said, 'You better not, you'll get shot!' From that day on, I never tried to be good in school again. If you can't be president, then what's the point?
"President (Barack) Obama's mother did not say that; she had a different message."
The Blue Lagoon actress first became aware of her daughter Rowan's swearing habit while driving in her car, but put the curse down to childhood naivety.
However, Shields was forced to take action after her offspring cursed at her young pal's mum - and later found out she had learned the expletive from her grandmother.
She tells British chatshow host Graham Norton, "My seven year old was in the car in the back and I was driving and she must have been three (at the time) and she said, 'F**k, f**k, f**k, I want my window down, f**k.' And I didn't say a thing, and I thought I was safe.
"She had a playdate later the same day and the woman (mother) was quite posh and proper and wealthy and the woman comes over to pick up her daughter and they were sitting at the little art table and my daughter looks up and says, 'What the f**k are you doing here?' And she used it properly then and she could tell (it was wrong) as the colour drained from my face. And then I found out she learnt it from my mother."
The stars are teaming up with American footwear firm TOMS Shoes and ditching their stilettos on 8 April (10) to prove how difficult it is to live without shoes - and they're hoping the campaign will encourage people to give generously to the cause.
Bell explains, "I'm going barefoot for one day without shoes to raise awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child's life. So join me on April 8. Take off your shoes and spread the word."
And Graham admits she's terrified about the prospect of walking barefoot, adding: "I'm pretty nervous about it because I live in New York City and it's really, really gross here."
Hairspray star Brittany Snow and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock are among the other stars to take on the challenge.
The Gilmore Girls star first took the stage as Miss Adelaide, the long-suffering fiancee to Oliver Platt's Nathan Detroit, in March 2009 for the revival of the stage production.
But Graham insists her performances were sometimes marred by rude theatregoers who attempted to film the show.
She explains, "People film everything now. It's awful. It's really distracting because you can see that red light and you start thinking, 'What am I going to look like on YouTube?'"
The actress admits she decided to take action during one night's performance - but she chose the wrong person to make an example of, by accusing a frail old lady.
She remembers, "Right down in the front one day I could see this red light flashing and I came off stage and said, 'Please go get this person, it's wrecking our scene.' The stage manager came back and said, 'Well, good news is we shut the light down. The bad news is it's an 80 year old woman's birthday and it was her birthday pin flashing."
The 42 year old grew up riding horses in Virginia, and thought she was destined to race horses until she landed her first starring role in a high school play.
She says, "I worked in a barn and I rode every day. That's what I thought I was gonna do with my life. I don't know (what happened) - show business. I got in the school play, so I stopped riding. I was going to be a mountain police person or a jockey. I said those were my choices, because I can't type."
Graham's boyfriend, film director Yaniv Raz, organised a surprise trip to Sin City for the Hangover star's special day (29Jan10), which began with a special Pilates warm-up class at Ka, the Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Grand hotel.
She was then ushered into the Ka theatre, where she was buckled into a harness and taught how to jump and slide face-first down a 50-foot (15-metre) vertical stage, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
She later told the cast, "This was a blast, even though I’m slightly afraid of heights. It was always my dream to fly onstage with Cirque du Soleil, and you’ve helped bring my dream to life."
The 2007 drama, which starred Daniel Day Lewis and won two Academy Awards, was rated as the greatest film of the last ten years by experts at Britain's Total Film magazine.
The Dark Knight, released in 2008 and starring late actor Heath Ledger, was named Blockbuster of the Decade, while 2001 hit Donnie Darko was lauded as the top cult movie of the last ten years.
The publication's deputy editor, Jamie Graham, says, "The Total Film selections were designed to identify the films that have most shaped the landscape of modern mainstream cinema."
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a decent ninja flick. When the Golden Age of Ninja Cinema (also known as the Dudikoff Era) ebbed at the close of the ‘80s the black-clad martial artists retreated to the shadows. This week director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) aims to resurrect them with Ninja Assassin a hyperkinetic gorefest starring Korean pop star Rain.
But these ain’t your daddy’s ninjas. Though they boast the familiar wardrobe (black on black) and weapons (swords throwing stars etc.) the ninjas in this flick are thoroughly nasty buggers. Members of a super-secret international syndicate of assassins-for-hire they can dodge bullets turn invisible heal wounds and communicate telepathically. And for the low low price of 100 lbs of gold they’ll kill anyone you want no questions asked.
It’s that latter aspect that draws the scrutiny of law enforcement — specifically agents Mika Coretti (Naomi Harris) and Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles) of Europol (which appears to be a division of Interpol staffed exclusively with imbeciles). Fortunately for these hapless twits they find a potent ally in Raizo (Rain) a renegade ninja of unsurpassed ability who nurses a nasty grudge against his cruel former master Lord Ozunu (Sho Kosugi).
Fueled by childhood memories of the abuse he suffered while at Lord Ozunu’s ninja sleepaway camp Raizo will stop at nothing to bring the entire operation down. Which is good because his former chums are a persistent lot arriving in ever greater numbers to snuff out the powerful apostate.
McTeigue’s dizzying shaky-cam combined with the identical appearance of most of the ninja combatants makes the action difficult to follow at times in Ninja Assassin. It’s probably why he felt compelled to accentuate every fight scene with exaggerated bursts of CGI blood. Still as disembodied heads limbs and torsos fly across the screen in quantities not seen since Kill Bill it’s nigh impossible to determine who they belong(ed) to. Much easier to pinpoint are the glistening six-pack abs of Raizo a fighter so badass he can ward off his pursuers while wearing little more than a thin layer of baby oil.
It’s a pity Raizo couldn’t have applied his blade to the Ninja Assassin script which encumbers the first half of the movie with endless flashbacks gratuitous training sequences and pointless political squabbling. Or perhaps he could have imparted some of his skills at deception to McTeigue who exhibits all of the subtlety and unpredictability of a kamikaze pilot.
This is one ninja flick that should have remained in the shadows.
November 05, 2009 4:32am EST
In another overhaul of major elements, The Tourist is facing yet another shift in its casting and direction.
With the lead female role recently moving from Charlize Theron to Angelina Jolie, the lead male character now looks as if it may be played by Johnny Depp. That's after the previously attached Tom Cruise dropped out and was replaced by Sam Worthington. Further, the director's chair, recently said to go to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, now has Alfonso Cuaron circling.
Worthington reportedly exited along with von Donnersmarck over creative differences.
The film is heading towards a February production start. Graham King's GK Films is financing and distributing through his deal with Sony.
A while back, the remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer had Bharat Nalluri directing and Cruise and Theron attached. Worthington came into focus with Theron after Cruise took Knight and Day at Fox. Von Donnersmarck then came into the picture with Jolie.
Depp enters the frame via King, with whom he has a close relationship, most recently collaborating on Rum Diary and the Gore Verbinski-directed animated pic Rango.
The Tourist sees a female Interpol agent rope an everyman American tourist visiting France into becoming bait in the hunt for a wanted criminal who's also her former lover.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor has been dating Perry since September (09) and the former sex addict admits their budding romance is already having a positive effect on his lifestyle.
He says, "I am living in a different way at the moment. Regardless of what happens in my current situation, I am unlikely to be satisfied with the calamitous promiscuity of the preceding five or six years."
But Brand refuses to discuss his relationship with the I Kissed A Girl hitmaker in more detail - because he fears the press will misconstrue anything he says about her.
He adds, "She's lovely and I don't want her to read anything about herself.
"The other day a journalist from a tabloid in a ludicrous fedora said to me, 'Russell, are you in love with Katy?' And I said, 'You look like a character from a Graham Greene novel. I think I'm in love with you.' I said that to defuse the situation. But what do they print? They print, 'I think I am in love'."