Well, it looks like the conversation about pay on the ‘Friday’ franchise is still going. This time Michael Blackson weighed in on the coins he made on set. As you may remember, Michael played the role of a dissatisfied customer in the 2000 sequel ‘Next Friday.’
“@icecube is not to blamed for us getting paid so little it’s the film industry’s pay scale,” Michael tweeted. “I got paid $800 a day when I did ‘Next Friday’ plus overtime I made $1200 for my one day’s work of “I can’t get giggy with this sh*t.” Thanks to ‘Next Friday’ I became the biggest African comic.”
The comedian’s appreciation came hours after Ice Cube responded to an article about Faizon Love’s $2,500 pay. A little over a week ago, Comedy Hype published a video of Faizon speaking on his salary in ‘Friday.’ When the interviewer asked if it was “a big deal” that Faizon only received $2,500, Faizon listed the benefits of the pay at the time.
“I got to say I’m working to the P.O…probation…I’m working, I pay my rent, I ain’t out in the street doing no bullsh*t,” Faizon responded.”
He continued on to say “it wasn’t about the money then.” Still, the Comedy Hype interviewer pressed on about being paid so little for an “iconic” role. But, Faizon simply responded “but it wasn’t iconic when we did it” and later clarified that calling the movie iconic is “hindsight.”
Still, Ice Cube wasn’t feeling Faizon’s comments. When a Twitter user reshared a headline about Faizon’s comments, Ice Cube snapped.
“Yo it’s wild how @icecube act like he for the people and the whole time been robbing his own people…Pay them people @FAIZONLOVE @christuckerreal #RipAjjohnson,” user @SO_AMBITIOUS_28 wrote.
“I didn’t rob no f****n body. The 1995 Friday movie cost $2.3m to make,” Ice Cube responded. “Shot it in 20 days. Fazion worked 1 day, maybe 2. All the actors got paid scale to do the movie. They could’ve simple said “No” but they didn’t. So miss me with that sh*t.”
Michael also shared the tweet to his Instagram page with additional details about the pay scale.
“Just like any other job there’s entry level pay for first timers, once you make a name for yourself you can demand any amount of money that you want and if they want you they will pay,” Michael wrote in his caption. “@icecube Thanks for the Friday franchise because it got me where I am today. When I produce my film I’m paying new n***as in food and p**sy.”
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