Denzel Washington

J.J. Abrams and Chris Rock talk films, comedy and being nice

How do you make it in show biz?

One way is, play nice, according to a pair of entertainment A-listers, J.J. Abrams and Chris Rock.

Appearing for a Directors Talk session at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, comedian-actor-writer-director Rock was nominally on hand to interview Abrams, the multi-faceted filmmaker behind TV shows and features including "Alias," ''Lost," ''Star Trek" and, most recently, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

But both had plenty to say during what unfolded as a lively, free-form conversation.

Asked by Rock what's a deal-breaker when it comes to who he chooses to work with, Abrams replied, "People...