Ice Cube’s “Friday” franchise became a huge success and is considered to be a cult classic. The movie had appearances with adored actors such as Tiny Lister aka Zeus and John Witherspoon aka Pops who have both passed away.
The original movie was also a launching pad for the iconic Chris Tucker who would go on to have his own movie franchise with Jackie Chan. He spoke with Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” series about the enduring character of Smokey with fans decades after it first aired to viewers.
“It’s one of those things—it was just a small movie,” said Tucker. “We filmed it in 20 days. I got about $10,000 for it or whatever, I didn’t care. I wanted the opportunity.” It may seem like small potatoes now for the man who would end up making millions for films soon after, but informs Sharpe in the interview that the film was only between $2 million and $3 million.The budget was so tight that Tucker said actors were only allowed two takes for each scene and messing up wasn’t an option or your part would be cut.
“It was that small of a movie, but that was the beauty of it,” Tucker added. “It allowed me to get into character. It wasn’t no big distractions like big movie sets. You got light people and sound people and everybody wanna be a star. But that movie was just a camera and me and Cube on the porch. Magic came out of it, thank God.”
Chris Tucker speaks even more about working with Friday and telling more stories in the video below.
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