Ice Cube turned down movie with COVID-19 vaccine requirement – Los Angeles Times

Ice Cube will not get the COVID-19 vaccine — not even for $9 million.
On a new episode of the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast, the rapper and actor revealed Sunday that he passed up a $9-million movie deal because he refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I turned down a movie because I didn’t wanna get the motherf— jab,” Ice Cube said. “I turned down $9 million because I didn’t want to get the jab. F— that jab and f— y’all for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feel about me right now.”
Last October, reports surfaced that the hip-hop musician had exited the Sony Pictures comedy “Oh Hell No” after declining a vaccination request from producers. Directed by Kitao Sakurai, the film was supposed to star Ice Cube and Jack Black, who is one of the producers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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The project — which was set to launch production in Hawaii last winter — was reportedly delayed as a result of Ice Cube’s departure. It’s unclear if or when the film will move forward. A replacement for Ice Cube has not been announced.
“I didn’t turn [$9 million] down,” Ice Cube continued on “Million Dollaz Worth of Game.”

“Them motherf— wouldn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot. I didn’t turn it down. They just didn’t give it to me.”
The recording artist also said he “got lucky” and has not contracted COVID-19.
Medical experts have stated that the safest and most effective way to protect oneself against severe illness from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined additional ways of shielding oneself and others from the coronavirus.
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Christi Carras is an entertainment reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously a Times intern after graduating from UCLA and has also worked at Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and CNN.

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