Rapper and actor Ice Cube has backed out of Sony’s upcoming “Oh Hell No” which he was slated to co-star with Jack Black. It is reported that he refused the Covid vaccine requirement.
Ice Cube is out as a lead in Sony’s upcoming film “Oh Hell No” after he refused a request from producers to get the jab. He would have co-starred with Jack Black and Matt Tolmach. Ice Cube walked away from a $9 million paycheck for his role. Now they have to push back production to find a new lead.
“Oh Hell No” was set to be shot in Hawaii in the winter, where cast members are all expected to be vaccinated per production rules.
According to Billboard, “Throughout the pandemic, Ice Cube has promoted mask-wearing. In August, Bacone College in Oklahoma thanked the star and others for a donation of 2,000 face masks to use as personal protective equipment. In April 2020, amid COVID-19 lockdowns, he unveiled “Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self” branded T-shirts, featuring the star in a mask, in partnership with the manufacturer Black Out, with proceeds to benefit frontline health workers.”
THR mentioned that this is the second project that Ice Cube has exited, although it was not clear why he departed the first one, a Boxing drama called “Flint.”
In July, Hollywood studios and unions came to an agreement that gave producers the mandate to vaccinate cast or crew members in “zone A.”
Sets have been broken up into zones with “A” being the one where cast and crew work closely without protective gear, but vaccination status has still been an issue for some actors and cast members, at times slowing production.
It has been great this week seeing celebrities and sportsball players standing up for their medical freedom. Hopefully it will get through to some people that it’s good to stand up for yourself because if you don’t, nobody else will.
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