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Chris Tucker Opens Up About Decision To Exit ‘Friday’ Film Franchise



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In a recent interview, Chris Tucker brought to recollection his decision to exit the ‘Friday‘ Film Franchise. And his rationale is undoubtedly fascinating.

 ‘Friday‘ Hits the Box Office

Ice Cube brought ‘Friday‘ to the big screen in the spring of 1995. And not only did Cube introduce the world to a hit franchise, no one knew they needed in their life, but an incredible cast. In fact, Friday became Chris Tucker’s breakout film. His hilarity and hijinks as weed connoisseur and Craig’s sidekick were a hallmark feature of the film. And thus, Tucker’s, aka Smokey’s absence from sequels, disappointed many fans. Because without a doubt, the story didn’t flow the same.

 Chris Tucker Breaks Down His Rationale.

Now twenty-six years later, Tucker let the world see a little bit more of who he is in an open interview. And with honesty and a bit of humor, Tucker candidly recalls the primary rationale behind his departure from the franchise.

“Back then, I gotta tell you, one of the reasons why I didn’t do the second one is because of the weed.”

That’s right; fundamentally, Tucker’s reason for leaving stems from the level of influence he felt he held. And that was important to him.

Friday’s‘ Premise and Other Things.

As much as ‘Friday’ was about living in the hood and trials that ensue, weed was also a significant part of the storyline. As everyone who watched ‘Friday’ knows, Craig’s best friend Smokey was in a passionate love affair with Mary Jane. In fact, one of Tucker’s lines all but set the film’s tone.

  “I know you don’t smoke weed; I know this, but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.”

But according to Tucker, after the fact, he was dissatisfied with what he represented in the film. His character carried too much cultural influence, and he didn’t want to be that person.

I said,

‘Man, that movie became a phenomenon. I don’t want everybody smokin’ weed.

 Tucker’s Stand!

There is a time when everyone must decide what they want to represent in life. And despite the fame that came with Tucker’s role, the caricature did not meet the criteria of what he wished to put out into the world. So, he dipped.

And additionally, Tucker, notes, at the time, his decision was well-made as it opened his world to other opportunities. As Tucker explained,

 “It was likely a better move for his career, anyways, as it allowed him to branch out to other roles.”

So, while the ‘Friday‘ franchise was never quite the same without Smokey, the move is understandable. And Tucker’s decision to stick by his convictions is praiseworthy.

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Written by Renae Richardson


If you missed FM Hip Hop’s coverage of another ‘Friday‘ standout please check our retrospective article on Anthony Johnson.

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