Ice Cube Says Chris Tucker Turned Down $10 to $12 Million for ‘Friday’ Sequel Due to Religious Beliefs

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Chris Tucker is a born-again Christian, and it seems like he isn’t letting his career in entertainment damage his beliefs.

Tucker, who is well known for his stand up comedy and movies such as Rush Hour and Friday, hasn’t graced our screens for a long time…

And it turns out there’s a pretty big reason why.

And people are torn over the news…

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Rapper Ice Cube explained on Twitter this week that he offered Tucker a huge sum to play Smokey in a sequal to the ’90s classic Friday, but he turned it down.

“We were ready to pay Chris Tucker $10-12m to do ‘Next Friday’ but he turned us down for religious reasons. He didn’t want to cuss or smoke weed on camera anymore,” Ice Cube announced.

Tucker has addressed his new-found religious beliefs multiple times during his stand up performances…

Despite being at one point, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, growing up, his parents would regularly take him to church.

However, after his comedy career began to boom he walked away, only to return to his faith once again in the late nineties.

It was at this point in his life he vowed to only take roles that resonated with him, and would turn down any he thought went against his religion.

Any Given Sunday and Lethal Weapon 4 are 2 of the movies Tucker is said to have declined.

He revealed back in 2014 that finding his faith helped him get back to doing what he loved… stand-up comedy.

Though his material is a lot cleaner than it once was.

“Being a Christian helps me in comedy. I have to talk about other stuff,” he said.

Adding: “Normally, most comics talk about stuff that’s easy—maybe cussing or saying something raunchy. I have to dig deeper to find something that’s still funny and not raunchy. It’s harder. I like the challenge.”

“Everybody’s doing raunchy comedy,” Tucker admitted at the time…

“I go to comedy clubs and it’s like, ‘All right, how raunchy can you get?’ And it’s really not that funny to me. What’s funny to me is being creative and talking about stuff that I wouldn’t have thought about.”

Social media seems to have taken the news well, with one Twitter user writing: “Everything happens for a reason and the truth is, Chris turning it down was all good because the world was introduced to another great comedian @TheRealMikeEpps !!!”

While journalist Kinsey Schofield commented: “I wish I had that kind of discipline. I love Jesus but I could buy a lot of lipo with that kind of money.”

Some were even offering Ice Cube their script ideas: “Cube here me out bruh… FRIDAY set it up PERFECTLY for Smokey to come out of rehab and not cuss or smoke and could have turned his life around and you could have used Mike Epps character ‘DayDay’ to be the smoker and drinker on camera and let Smokey be the ‘Good One.'”

What do you think of his move?