Rapper and actor Ice Cube has reportedly withdrawn from a film in which he was supposed to feature after refusing to comply with a condition that cast members receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Ice Cube was set to act with Jack Black in the film in June.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ice Cube left the production because producers insisted that the performers receive COVID-19 vaccinations. He was scheduled to get $9 million.
The Sony picture, directed by Kitao Sakurai, was scheduled to begin filming in Hawaii this winter.
In July, Hollywood’s leading studios and guilds reached an agreement on vaccination requirements, stating that producers will be permitted to require immunizations for cast members and crew members who operate in close contact with one another.
“The modifications center on workplace practices for fully vaccinated cast and crew, including changes to outdoor masking requirements and updated mealtime protocols,” read a joint statement from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Hollywood’s main guilds. “Producers will also have the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.”
Ice Cube has not made any public statements on COVID-19 vaccines, although he did advise people to use face masks throughout the epidemic. The rapper also launched a series of t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self,” with images of Ice Cube wearing a face mask. Ice Cube launched the t-shirt business to benefit healthcare personnel affected by the epidemic.
Ice Cube sparked outrage last year when he seemed to assist the Trump administration in developing its “Platinum Plan” for the black community, which included promoting employment and companies in the black community.
Some celebrities have criticized their fellow celebrities for refusing to get vaccinated, including “Breaking Bad” star Giancarlo Esposito.
“If you don’t want to vaccinate, go to a small island and sequester yourself,” Esposito said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “[Otherwise] you’re saying ‘F*** you’ to all you other human beings. We all have to do it if we want to live. I don’t understand how people don’t vaccinate.”