Picks and Pans Review: Running Wild with ... Chris Rock

UPDATED 11/17/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/17/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

The actor, 43, explains how he got into character to play Marty the zebra in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS
He visited zebras at the Central Park Zoo with daughters Lola, 6, and Zahra, 4. But he had to wait in line like everyone else. "I'm like, 'Hey, I'm Marty. I should be getting right in here!'"

GET ON YOUR AUDIENCE'S LEVEL
To keep his material kid-friendly, Rock put on his party hat. "I go to a lot of birthday parties, and everybody always wants a Marty impression."

KEEP THAT COMPETITIVE EDGE
He shared studio time with costar Ben Stiller. "Whenever you're working with another comedian, you're gonna get competitive."

BE YOURSELF
Yeah, no major stretching required. "People pay me to be me. I'm not Daniel Day Lewis."

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