Ice Cube claims his Friday costar Chris Tucker turned down $12 million to play Smokey in the Friday sequels.
Smokey is one of the favorite characters son the show but he only starred in the original movie and not in Next Friday or Friday After Next.
“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,” 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. https://t.co/1pfo1FHWzp
— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 29, 2021
Tucker previously said in an interview that he turned down the roles because he did not want to promote smoking weed.
“Back then, I gotta tell you, one of the reasons why I didn’t do the second one was because of the weed,” he told All Urban Central. “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.'”
“And that’s one of the reasons why I said ‘nah.’ I didn’t wanna keep doing that character. It probably was good for me because it kept me moving to the next phase and next movies.”
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