In a new episode of the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast, Ice Cube confirmed he lost a $9 million acting role because he refused to take the COVID-19 shot.
“Reports surfaced in Oct. 2021 that Cube was dropped from Sony’s comedy ‘Oh Hell No,’ directed by ‘Bad Trip’ filmmaker Kitao Sakurai and co-starring Jack Black,” Variety reports.
“Producers on the film reportedly requested all cast members be vaccinated in order to participate in the production, which at the time was planning to shoot in Hawaii during the winter.”
Ice Cube will no longer star in ‘OH HELL NO’ for Sony after declining a request from producers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
He was set to be paid $9M.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) October 29, 2021
“I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherf**king jab,” Cube said, confirming the Oct. 2021 reports.
“I turned down $9 million. I didn’t want get the jab. F**k that jab. F**k ya’ll for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feels about me right now.”
Ice Cube Confirms He Lost $9 Million Film Job After Refusing to Get COVID Shot: ‘F— Ya’ll For Trying to Make Me Get It’ https://t.co/kECu4elrr0
— Variety (@Variety) November 22, 2022
Ice Cube reportedly turned down a $9 million deal because they wanted him to be vaccinated ‼️😳 pic.twitter.com/eZWpoEAbt7
— RapTV (@Rap) November 22, 2022
Ice Cube has confirmed that he exited ‘Oh Hell No,’ a Sony comedy in which he would have starred opposite Jack Black, given the requirement from producers that he get vaccinated against Covid-19 https://t.co/W44xDCHtUg
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) November 22, 2022
Ice Cube turned down 9 million dollars cuz he didn’t wanna get the Covid shot pic.twitter.com/77AmiBhKiL
— GOMD (@kingjames860) November 21, 2022
When one of the podcast hosts suggested Cube leave Hollywood for streaming, Cube replied, “That’s Hollywood thought. They’re on some sh*t. But me too, I’m on some sh*t too.”
Would he leave Hollywood and make an independent production? “I’m working on it. I’m hustling,” Cube said. “Got a lot of things up my sleeve.”
Later in the interview, Cube clarified that he “didn’t turn down” a movie because of his refusal to get the COVID shot, adding, “Those motherf**kers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot. 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 sh*t at all. Nothing. F**k them. I didn’t need that sh*t.”
Watch Ice Cube’s full appearance on the podcast below (the COVID-19 shot comments begin at the 1 hour and 10 minute mark):