Ice Cube says he lost a movie role with a $9 million paycheck over their COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
The superstar rapper, actor, and filmmaker discussed the issue during an appearance on the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast this week.
“I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherf-cking jab. You know, I turned down $9 million,” Ice Cube said.
Ice Cube implied that he may be on the outs with Hollywood over his refusal to get it.
“F-ck that jab, and f-ck y’all for trying to make me get it,” the star continued. “So, you know, I don’t know how Hollywood feel about me right now, you know what I’m saying?”
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Later in the interview, Ice Cube clarified that he didn’t turn it down — but that they would not give it to him because he would not get jabbed.
“Those motherf-ckers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot,” Ice Cube said. “I didn’t turn it down. They just wouldn’t give it to me. The covid shot, the jab…I didn’t need it. I didn’t catch that sh-t at all. Nothing. F-ck them. I didn’t need that sh-t.”
While Ice Cube did not name the film, Breitbart News reports that “multiple outlets reported last year that the rapper-actor turned down a role in the Sony comedy Oh Hell No, co-starring Jack Black, after declining a request from producers to get vaccinated. The news outlets cited unnamed sources at the time.”
Yahoo News reports, “‘Oh Hell No’ was initially intended to open on June 17, 2022, before being removed from the schedule on February 18, 2022, with no further updates as to the picture’s eventual fate.”
The film was set to be directed by Bad Trip filmmaker Kitao Sakurai. According to reports, the producer had mandated that all participants, actors and crew, be vaccinated.
Yahoo reports that “Black was to play Sherman, a man who falls for the mother of his longtime friend Will (played by Cube), which causes comedic conflicts in their relationship.”