AceShowbiz - Ice Cube has admitted to losing a $9 million role due to disagreements about COVID-19 vaccinations. Last year, it was reported that the rapper-turned-actor left "Oh Hell No" because he refused to comply with a requirement that he be vaccinated against the virus and now he has confirmed it.
In a Monday, November 21 episode of "Million Dollaz Worth of Game" podcast, the N.W.A member said, "I turned down a movie because I didn't want to get the motherf**king jab." Fuming, he added, "I turned down $9 million. I didn't want get the jab. F**k that jab. F**k y'all for trying to make me get it. I don't know how Hollywood feels about me right now."
Ice Cube then stressed that he didn't turn down the role, but he was forced out of the project due to his COVID vaccination stance. "Those motherf**kers didn't give it to me because I wouldn't get the shot," he went on ranting, "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 s**t at all. Nothing. F**k them. I didn't need that s**t."
While Ice Cube didn't mention the title of the movie, it was reported back in October 2021 that he exited Sony's comedy "Oh Hell No" after he refused to comply with COVID regulations. He was dropped from the movie weeks before it was scheduled to shoot in Hawaii.
The movie had "Bad Trip" helmer Kitao Sakurai attached to direct and would have told the story of Sherman (Jack Black) watching what transpired when he fell in love with the mother of his friend (Ice Cube). Scot Armstrong, Tracy Oliver, Jessica Gao and Rodney Rothman scripted the film, which Matt Tolmach was set to produce via his Matt Tolmach Productions banner, with Black and Roz Music. Brittany Morrissey had been set to oversee it for the studio.
The project ended up being shelved indefinitely and has since been renamed "Stepdude" with "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" director Eric Appel replacing Sakurai and set to rewrite the script. Black is still attached as producer, but is no longer set to star in the film.