Ice Cube claimed that his unwillingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine cost him a $9 million movie job.
In a recent episode of the podcast Million Dollaz Worth of Game, the actor and rapper admitted, “I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherf—-ing jab.” “I turned down $9 million. I didn’t want to get the jab. F— that jab. F— y’all for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feels about me right now.”
Although Cube doesn’t mention the movie in question, news last year claimed that he left the Sony comedy Oh Hell No after refusing a request from the producers to get vaccinated. The Jack Black-costarring movie, from Bad Trip director Kitao Sakurai, was slated to shoot in Hawaii and needed the cast to be immunized.
Cube clarified in a later episode of the podcast that he “didn’t turn down the movie” per se, but rather that “those motherf—-ers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot.” He went on, “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– at all. Nothing. F— them. I didn’t need that sh–.”
On the set of numerous film and television projects, vaccination among the actors and staff has become a problem. Many actors have left their respective series, like Rockmond Dunbar from 9-1-1 and Steve Burton from General Hospital, to dodge vaccine requirements that have lately started to relax. Watch the interview with Cube below.