New ‘Friday’? Why Not?
For an Indian kid growing up in the whitest part of Hartford County, CT, Ice Cube’s movie Friday was a revelation when I first watched it at the age of 12 (a few years after it came out). Black people existed! They lived in Los Angeles! And marijuana seemed totally awesome! 12 years, two sequels, and a million family movies starring Ice Cube later, I’ve mostly forgotten about how much I enjoyed Friday. That’s why I find myself a bit torn about the prospect of a new sequel.
New Line Cinema is in talks with Ice Cube to write, produce and star in another installment of theFriday series. Cube could be in line to direct it as well, but all that is being worked out. A TMZ report says that Chris Tucker as being in serious talks to reprise his role in the film. They have had discussions and Cube wants him, I’m told, but it’s unclear whether that part is a reality.
Remember when Ice Cube was the scariest black man in America? Go back and listen to all the albums he released before 1998. Now he does movies like Are We There Yet?. IT would be nice to see Ice play Craig Jones one last time, so long as Craig isn’t married and dealing with kids. Oh and speaking of pussies…
For one thing, when I interviewed Tucker several years ago for Playboy, he told me that because of his religion, he was reticent to be depicted in the pot smoking mode as his character Smokey was in the original film. He went as far as to say that he probably now wouldn’t have taken that memorable stint in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, because of the verbal explosion of profanity and liberal use of the “N” word. Stay tuned.