AceShowbiz - Ice Cube has fired back at Faizon Love. After the latter claimed he quit "Friday" sequel due to low payment, the "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" artist was quick to set the record straight, insisting that he didn't "rob" the Cuban-born actor.
The 52-year-old offered his clarification via Twitter on Wednesday, December 29. "I didn't rob no f**kin body," he argued. "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 s**t."
One of his followers then replied to his post, "I thought i heard [Chris Tucker] quit over money." Noting that it wasn't the case, Cube explained, "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's tweets arrived after Love, who played Big Worm in the 90s movie, revealed on "Comedy Hype" that he didn't reprise his role in the sequel because he was only paid $2,500 for the original. Meanwhile, the comedy film was a hit as it spawned two sequels, 2000's "Next Friday" and 2002's "Friday After Next".
After Love brought up his claim, Michael Blackson came to Cube's defense. "@icecube is not to blamed for us getting paid so little it's the film industry's pay scale," he tweeted. "I got paid $800 a day when I did Next Friday plus overtime I made $1200 for my one day's work of 'I can't get giggy with this s**t.' Thanks to next Friday I became the biggest African comic."
Love himself expressed his remorse on Instagram. "First of all I not only consider Ice Cube a comrade but my brother and I'm still a fan I think he's One of the dopest n***as to ever touch a mic. I guess it's a slow news week so let me say what I got paid is a moot point, it was the price of admission to a game," he penned alongside a selfie with the rapper/actor.
"I have zero regrets. Actually , I want to take this time to thank Cube Dj Pooh and Felix Gary Grey for letting me be apart of such an iconic picture," he added. "I truly have nothing but love For these brothers. WestSide N***as!!!!!!!"