Tracy Morgan On Overcoming His Fears For First Role Since Car Accident

Tracy Morgan’s latest role is his most challenging to date.  

This week, the “30 Rock” star returns to the silver screen with his movie “Fist Fight” ― his first acting role since he was part of a multi-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2014. 

The comedy film, which stars Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell, and Morgan, follows two high school teachers Andy Campbell (played by Day) and Ron Strickland (played by Cube) on the last day before summer vacation. After he accidentally causes Strickland to be fired, Campbell is challenged to an after-school fist fight to settle the score.

For Morgan, getting back into the game was challenging. 

“I struggled at first because I didn’t know if I had my comedic timing or if my instincts were there, and I was afraid,” he said during an interview with HuffPost. 

“I had to face my fears. I didn’t know. I was on the couch for a year and three months. I hadn’t been active. So to come back and do that, I had a cast and director around me that supported me and gave me the comfort and love that I needed to move forward. And that’s what I did.”

The 48-year-old added that director Richie Keen and his cast mates were supportive and encouraging along the way. 

Earlier this month, Morgan made a surprise appearance in a sketch on the Feb. 11 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” proving that he’s still got it. He’s currently developing a FX comedy pilot with Jordan Peele, and plans to debut his Netflix stand-up comedy special, “Stayin’ Alive” on May 16.

Welcome back, Tracy!

“Fist Fight” is now playing in theaters.

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