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Why did Ice Cube turn down a $9 million movie role?

Ice Cube is a hip-hop legend. As well as being a fantastic rapper, as a former member of N.W.A, the rapper (real name O’Shea Jackson) has done more than just music during his 30-year career. In the late 1990s, Jackson entered the world of acting and even scriptwriting and became genuinely versatile.

Along with the Barbershop movie franchise, Ice Cube has been featured in many films, including Friday, Are We There Yet?, Ride Along, and 22 Jump Street. However, there was one $9 million movie role that the rapper rejected for ethical reasons, and it was in 2020.

Speaking on the Million Dollarz Worth of Game podcast alongside E-40 and Too $hort, Jackson spoke on the rejected role and explained that the producers were pressuring him because he refused to get a Covid vaccine. Going into detail, the ‘No Vaseline’ rapper explained that he was unsure about his status within Hollywood as a result.

Elaborating on the situation, he detailed: “I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherfucking jab. I turned down $9 million. I didn’t want to get the jab. Fuck that jab. Fuck y’all for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feels about me right now.”

The Compton rapper continued, clarifying that he didn’t turn down the role but was instead rejected: “Those motherf*ckers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot! I didn’t turn it down!” Cube said. “They just wouldn’t give it to me! The covid shot, the jab…I didn’t need it. I didn’t catch that shit at all. Nothing. F*ck them! I didn’t need that shit!”

You can watch the full interview below, in which the West Coast legends explain the Mount Westmore album as well as their exciting business ventures outside of the music industry.