Retired? Where did he go?
He had real acting and comedic talent. I'll never forget Pookie...
Have you seen 2 Days in New York? Its the sequal to 2 Days in Paris.
Pretty good dramatic role for Rock. He stars with Julie Delpy from the "Before" movies. Delpy wrote and directed it and like her other movies, its very dialogue heavy, so you really get to see Rock show some skill.
I believe he was doing Broadway at the time and was looking to do some more serious stuff. Granted, the movie's not a straight drama, it has plenty laughs, but they aren't coming from Rock.
Just fwiw, anybody looking to see it should probably check out the first one, first.