Ice Cube on Wednesday revealed that Friday co-star Chris Tucker turned down $12million to reprise his role in the film’s sequel.
Responding to a tweet asking whether Tucjer “quit over money” reasons, Ice Cube tweeted, “We were ready to pay Chris Tucker $10-12m to do Next Friday, but he turned us down for religious reasons. He didn’t want to cuss or smoke weed on camera anymore.”
The 1995 comedy film starring the two actors Friday was a huge hit, spawning two sequels 2000’s Next Friday and 2002’s Friday After Next. However, Tucker had no plans to return to play Smokey due to what Ice Cube, who doubles as the film’s producer, said were “religious reasons.”
Ice Cube also addressed criticism over Faizon Love’s salary in the 1995 movie Friday.
On Dec. 22, Comedy Hype released a snippet interview with Love, who played the character of Big Worm in Friday. In the clip, Love revealed that he was paid $2,500 (£1,854) for the hit film, which caused an uproar with listeners taking to Twitter to accuse Ice Cube of “short-changing” his co-star.
Responding to a tweet accusing him of “robbing his own people,” the 53-year-old rapper said: “I didn’t rob no f***ing body.”
He explained that all the actors were paid based on the number of days they worked.
“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 shit.”
Following the backlash against Ice Cube, Love went on to post a picture of himself with Ice Cube and American record producer Mark Jordan or DJ Pooh (who is credited as a writer for Friday).
Noting that he had no issues with the film’s producers over his pay, Love captioned the Instagram post: “Let me say what I got paid is a moot point, it was the price of admission to a game. I have zero regrets.”
“I want to take this time to thank Cube, Dj Pooh and Felix Gary Grey for letting me be apart of such an iconic picture.”