Ice Cube: Chris Tucker declined a $12 million role in the Friday sequel because of his ‘Religious Reasons’
Chris Tucker allegedly turned down $12 million to reprise his part in the Friday sequel.
‘Next Friday’ and ‘Friday After Next’ were sequels to their 1995 comedy. Tucker did not reprise his role as Smokey in the sequels for “religious reasons.” according to Ice Cube, who was also a producer.
“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,” Tucker, 52, tweeted Wednesday
Tucker, 50, pondered on his choice to skip the sequels last month.
“Back then, I gotta tell you, one of the reasons why I didn’t do the second one was because of the weed,” Tucker 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,” Tucker added.
He stated further reasons for not returning to Friday, adding, “I never thought about doing sequels. I always wanted to do a good job and keep moving to the next movie.”
Also alongside Jackie Chan, Tucker had roles in The Fifth Element (1997) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Tucker stated he would “definitely consider it.” returning for a fourth Friday film.
“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 said. “But it’s been so long ago and that character became such a great character. I don’t wanna mess it up.”