Ice Cube of hip-hop supergroup Mt. Westmore performs at Rupp Arena on November 20, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ice Cube Lost a $9 Million Movie Role Because He Refused to Get a COVID Shot

Ice Cube Lost a $9 Million Movie Role Because He Refused to Get a COVID Shot

Published Tue, November 22, 2022 at 4:25 PM EST

Ice Cube appeared on the Million Dollarz Worth of Game podcast alongside E-40 and Too Short to promote their upcoming Mount Westmore album (Snoop Dogg is also in the group but was absent during the interview), and he talked about losing a movie role because he refused to get a Covid vaccine.

“I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherfucking jab,” Cube said. “I turned down $9 million. I didn’t want get the jab. Fuck that jab. Fuck ya’ll for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feels about me right now.”

E-40 suggested that maybe he could turn to streaming but Cube was quick to point out that Hollywood controls that end of things too.

"Those motherf—ers 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— them. I didn’t need that shit.”

E-40 then says he has a few dollars and maybe they need to get together to fund a project independently, though Cube said he already has some projects up his sleeves. He also said that he still hasn't had covid.

The film in question was Oh Hell No, to be directed by Bad Trip filmmaker Kitao Sakurai. It came with a producer-specific mandate that all participants be vaccinated in order to participate, per Variety. Jack Black was to play Sherman, a man who falls for the mother of his longtime friend Will (played by Cube), which causes comedic conflicts in their relationship.

You can watch the entire video, which is full of commentary about going independent, maintaining ownership, and more, below.

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