Although Chris Tucker is facing foreclosure of his $6 million Florida mansion, the actor and comedian does not seem to let the situation get him too down. Tucker reportedly made fun of his financial problems during a recent comedy act in Miami.
"That's the last time I let Wesley Snipes help me out with my taxes," Tucker said during a gig in late September according to the Miami New Times. Tucker was referring to Snipes' own tax woes. Snipes is currently serving a three-year prision sentence for failing to file his tax returns.
Tucker also joked about receiving calls from debt collectors. "They calling you acting like you owe them the money personally! 'We need the money,'" he said.
It was reported on Thursday that the 38-year-old owes more than $4.4 million to the bank for his Florida mansion. The actor bought the 10,000 square foot waterfront home in the Bella Collina community near Orlando, in 2007. According to People magazine, the IRS put an $11.5 million lien on the mansion in 2011 to collect federal income taxes from the comedian.
Tucker recently began what he calls a "Back To Where I Came From" comedy tour, which is his first major series of stage shows in almost four years. He plans to perform at venues across the United States through November.
He began his entertainment career as a comedian and appeared on the HBO stand-up comedy series "Def Comedy Jam" in the early 1990s, along with other comics such as Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle. In recent years, Tucker has performed on stage sporadically and also appeared at comedy shows in July in places such as North Carolina and Florida.
He moved from Georgia to Los Angeles in 1992. That year, Tucker had a small part on the comedy series "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper." He later landed his breakout role as the pot-smoking funnyman Smokey in the 1995 film "Friday."
During the stand up act in Miami, Tucker said his co-star from the "Friday" film, rapper Ice Cube, "didn't pay us nothing for that movie." He added, "I think he gave us some CDs and some weed or something."
Tucker is also known for playing Detective James Carter, partner of Jackie Chan's character, Chief Inspector Lee, in the "Rush Hour" films, which have made more than $850 million. The first installment hit theaters in 1998. Tucker earned more than $55 million himself for the final two movies, according to the New York Times.
Tucker has not appeared in a movie since "Rush Hour 3" was released. He told the New York Times that roles he was offered since then were too similar to "Rush Hour" and "frankly, just weren't good enough."