Following "Buddies," Chappelle continued developing sitcoms. But after Fox insisted he add more white cast members to a planned series, Chappelle accused the network of racism in a public blowup. During this time, he took small parts in a handful of films, including Eddie Murphy's "The Nutty Professor" and the Nicolas Cage action flick "Con Air." He also acted in several shorts, among them "Bowl of Pork," in which he played "Black Forrest Gump." Above, Chappelle walks the red carpet during the world premiere of "Con Air" in Las Vegas on June 2, 1997.
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