‘Death At A Funeral’ Stars Want Jay-Z To Deliver Their Eulogies

'Everyone in my family would be into Jay,' Chris Rock says of having the rapper at his funeral.

Death isn’t funny. But when you have people like Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and Zoe Saldana around, it sure helps. And when it comes to “Death at a Funeral,” the movie itself is nearly as funny as the stars’ real-life thoughts on the subject of the dearly deceased.

“I’ve been to funerals and have seen wives fight mistresses. That’s always a good fight,” grinned Rock, who stars in the film about a wild family whose dirty laundry is hilariously exposed at the funeral of the family’s patriarch. “I’ve seen people meet siblings they didn’t know they had: ‘I’m your brother, huh?’

“I’ve had relatives in orange jumpsuits from prisons,” Rock added. “It’s almost as sad as the funeral itself.”

“The character I play, Ryan, is a successful writer,” said Lawrence, another veteran comedian in the flick. “He doesn’t have any money — but his family doesn’t know that. Me and Chris Rock’s character Aaron, he plays my brother, we kind of have a sibling rivalry.”

When it came time to shoot the film, Lawrence told us the mood was hardly funereal. “It was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t crazy at all,” he insisted, saying that although a lot of improv occurred, everyone stayed very professional. “We all had a lot of respect for each other; we all understand where each other comes from, because we’ve been in the game a long time. We’d sit back and enjoy the humor from each other. So it was very comfortable.”

One uncomfortable (yet key) part of “Death at a Funeral” and any real-life funeral is the eulogy. It’s a testament to a person’s life, a chance to praise them and put their life into poetry. In real life, Rock and Lawrence were in agreement about the real-life hip-hop figure they’d most love to have deliver their eulogy.

“Jay-Z,” said Rock without missing a beat. “It would be pretty sad. He has some songs [that are] like eulogies anyway. So that would be good. Everyone in my family would be into Jay.”

“I’d have to get Jay-Z,” Lawrence agreed. “But I have a lot of favorites: 50 Cent, Eminem, LL Cool J, Ice Cube — don’t get me started on all of the rappers that I would want to do my eulogy. If there is anyone’s name I left out, believe me, we just don’t have enough time.”

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