Chris Tucker has been one of the most popular, highest paid comedians in Hollywood for the last decade — but he’s only made three films.

After the massive success of 1998′s “Rush Hour,” his breakout action-comedy hit alongside Jackie Chan, Tucker had his pick of any number of major film roles. But instead he chose to lay low, pal around with Michael Jackson, and get paid $20 million-plus to star in two ‘Rush Hour” sequels.

But now Tucker seems poised for a much-deserved comeback, with a supporting role in the new film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which opened in select cities last weekend. Film critics and fans have been constantly asking: ‘What took you so long?’

“The break wasn’t planned—it just happened that way,” said Tucker in an interview with the Daily Beast. “I waited a long time and the right things weren’t coming to me—the roles I was offered weren’t that challenging—so I started trying to develop a bunch of projects for myself.”