Imagine if someone offered you $ 9 million to star in an action-comedy movie. To sweeten the deal, head to Hawaii. You also have the opportunity to hang out with Jack Black, which gives any impression of being funny. There is only one catch: You must inoculate yourself against a disease that has killed 5 million people with a highly effective vaccine that not everyone can access, thus preventing the spread of the disease to others. Sounds like a good deal, right?
not to Ice cube. He declined to star in a movie called Oh hell no after the manufacturers asked him to take the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Hollywood Reporter. The Sony movie, co-produced by Black and Matt Tolmach, was originally to shoot “this winter.” But now the Ice Cube will probably have to thaw its position, otherwise a replacement will have to be found. (A representative of the actor declined to comment THR.) The movie is set to be directed by Kitao Sakurai, which has previously been at the forefront of Erik André and Lil Rel Howery-comedy in the lead role Bad trip.
THR also writes that Cube (born O’Shea Jackson) recently left a boxing movie called Flint Strong. However, it is unclear whether this is typically Hollywood ebb-and-flow or another example of his vaccine rejection costing him work. (In the past, “Ice Cube has promoted mask wearing,” THR points out.) While there have been rumors of some unvaccinated actors causing headaches at productions, this is the first high-profile report of a well-known celebrity rejecting a big payday over the vaccine. In the world of sports, the Brooklyn Nets are Kyrie Irving‘s refusal to be vaccinated has won him support from people such as Donald Trump Jr. As Irving’s team sinks into the basement of the Eastern Conference, he loses $ 381,181 for every game he sits out during his public health protest.
The Ice Cube was recently engulfed by another controversy unrelated to the pandemic. Last summer, he was a bit of a meme-bender on Twitter, sharing photos many considered anti-Semitic. After being criticized, he defended himself against his over 5 million followers. “I have told my truth,” he tweeted. Days later, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used the incident to condemn a resurgence of anti-Semitism in American culture in an essay for THR. In the next salvo, Ice Cube replied to THR “apparently gave my brother Kareem 30 pieces of silver to cut us down,” whose wording, um, did not exactly alienate his case.
Ice Cube’s last film as co-lead was featured Charlie day in the unusually entertaining Fist fight, a modest financial success that earned $ 40 million worldwide, according to The Numbers, which provides data from the film industry. Let’s hope someone can get through to the man and get the show back on the road.
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