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Afemo Omilami and Chris Tucker speak at the grand opening ceremony at Hosea Helps, INC Headquarters on October 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ice Cube Explains Why Chris Tucker Turned Down 'Next Friday'

Ice Cube felt it was time to clarify some things about his beloved Friday franchise. Comedian Faizon Love recently talked about his experience on the film, in which he famously played neighborhood drug dealer, Big Worm.

In a recent interview, Love revealed that he only made $2,500 for his role as Big Worm.

“See, it wasn’t really about the money then,” said Love in an interview with Comedy Hype. “I got to say I’m working, pay my rent, I ain’t out in the street doing no bulls—t.” He added, “It wasn’t iconic when we did it."

“They wanted to give me double-scale. The scale was $2,500, right. So that was $5,000,” he added with a grimace while acknowledging the payout was simply not enough to reprise his role. Instead he accepted a role in “The Replacements” for $100,000.

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When a follower tweeted that Ice Cube shouldn't have "robbed" the actors in Friday, Cube responded immediately.

"I didn’t rob no fuckin body. The 1995 Friday movie cost $2.3m to make. 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…"

"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."


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