Top Five: Starring Chris Rock

“If I’m going to write something,” Chris Rock says, “I get the second-best part.”

“I’m not Matt Damon, so it’s not like I’m getting a ton of scripts.” Not that he’s complaining. “I’m not as good as Matt Damon,” Rock admits. “There are a lot of great actors out there.”

The same can’t be said of the offers that come his way. “Some of the stuff is s**t,” Rock says. “There’s a lot of garbage. Have you seen movies this summer? There are a lot of horrible movies.” (He was a fan, however, of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”)

Rock arrives at the Toronto Film Fest with his latest “Top Five,” a comedy produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. Rock not only wrote and stars in the movie, he also directed it, his third feature after 2003’s “Head of State” and 2007’s “I Think I Love My Wife.” He shot the project in 32 days last summer in New York for about $6 million.

“That was the beauty of Scott,” Rock says of his producer. “I wasn’t worried about budgets. I just got to concentrate on being funny.”

“Top Five” tells the story of a comedian movie-star (played by Rock in a variation of Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart and himself, he says) who has an awakening on the day of his big premiere. Rosario Dawson plays a New York Times reporter assigned to write a profile about Rock’s character.

Rock liked the idea of setting a film in a single day.

“Louis C.K. is one of my good friends,” Rock says. “I watch his show. I watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ No one has done a movie like this. Just a movie about a comedian, a day in the life.”

He says a lot happens to an actor in the 24-hour cycle of a movie premiere. “You could have a whole day, from 6 in the morning to 8 o’clock at night, doing media,” he says.

Rock pitched the premise to Rudin after they worked together on a Broadway show, “The Motherfu**er With the Hat,” in 2011. He then spent four months cranking out a script.

“To get a script that he liked, it probably took another year,” Rock says. “Rudin is the king of ‘It’s not ready.’ I’m sure Scott’s got three pages of notes on the ‘The Godfather 2’ somewhere.”

Rock says the business of making movies is always challenging. “When it’s easy, people are still going to make it hard,” Rock says. “Someone is planning on giving you a loan that you don’t have to pay back.”

He doesn’t have any projects lined up at the moment. “Directing always takes me away from my kids for long periods of time,” says Rock, who has two daughters. “I’d like to focus on them a little. Honestly, I’ve been working on this project for so long. I hope someone has a cushy gig for me somewhere.”

Lionsgate, CBS Films and Relativity are among the studios vying for Chris Rock’s “Top Five” after the comedy received an enthusiastic reception at the Toronto Film Fest this weekend, according to four individuals with knowledge of the bidding.

Scott Rudin produced the film about a single day in the life of a comedian and movie star. The film cost roughly $6 million to produce and marks Rock’s third behind-the-camera effort after “Head of State” and “I Think I Love My Wife.” “Top Five” co-stars Kevin Hart and Rosario Dawson.

The film premiered at Toronto on Saturday and the individuals said bidding could hit $7 million or higher and be the festival’s biggest deal. It is seen as one of Toronto’s most commercially viable projects.