Friday star and co-writer Ice Cube is firing again at rumors that he underpaid his fellow actors within the cult film.
After information broke that Faizon Love turned down reprising his position as Huge Worm as a result of he solely made $2,500 within the unique movie, Ice Cube — who helped spearhead the 1995 movie in addition to its two sequels, 2000’s Subsequent Friday and 2002’s Friday After Subsequent — took to Twitter to set the report straight.
“I didn’t rob no f—ng body. The 1995 Friday movie cost $2.3m to make,” the actor tweeted in response to the article. “Shot it in 20 days. Fazion worked 1 day, maybe 2. All the actors got paid scale to do the movie. They could’ve simple said ‘No’ but they didn’t. So miss me with that s–t … “
He continued to double down on his claims in one other tweet, the place he referenced the rumor that Chris Tucker give up the franchise over cash.
“We were ready to pay Chris Tucker $10-12m to do Next Friday,” he wrote, noting that Tucker turned him down for “religious reasons” and since “he didn’t want to cuss or smoke weed on camera anymore.”
In an interview with All Urban Central final month, Tucker opened up about his choice to distance himself from the Friday movies regardless of the very fact they had been accountable for his huge break — and his phrases corroborate Ice Cube’s rationalization that weed was a giant cause behind why he refused to return.
“Back then, I gotta tell you, one of the reasons why I didn’t do the second one was because of the weed,” stated the Rush Hour star. “Because I said, man, that movie became a phenomenon. I don’t want everybody smoking weed and I never really told people this because I kind of forgot about it, but it was one of the reasons why I didn’t do it. Because I said, ‘I don’t wanna represent everybody smoking weed.'”
Because it turned out, Tucker did not lose a lot by hanging out on his personal, utilizing the success from Friday to search out starring roles in standard 90’s movies like Rush Hour, The Fifth Component, and Jackie Brown. And in line with the actor, a return to the franchise is not out of the query — so long as medication aren’t concerned.
“I always said, because I know my fans love the movies so much [and] they always bring it up, I said, well, if they come to me with a great script and a great idea, I’d definitely consider it,” he stated. “But it’s been so long ago and that character became such a great character. I don’t wanna mess it up.”