John Singleton: Ice Cube Turned Down Tupac’s Role In ‘Poetic Justice’ (VIDEO)
(AllHipHop News) During the conversation, Singleton revealed one of his most celebrated movies could have had a different lead actor.
“I was going to do Poetic Justice. I was putting it all together. Janet [Jackson] was already in. Originally, Ice Cube was supposed to be in it, and Ice Cube didn’t want to be in a romance,” said the 49-year-old filmmaker.
Cube – who worked with Singleton on Boyz n the Hood and Higher Learning – apparently was offered the role of Lucky which was eventually given to Tupac Shakur.
“Chicks like you,” Singleton apparently told Ice Cube about starring in the 1993 romantic drama. “[He said,] ‘I can’t do that right now in my career.’”
Singleton also dispelled the rumors that Pac was forced to take an HIV test before appearing in kissing scenes with Jackson.
“That was a joke between all of us on set because all guys like Janet,” Singleton recalled.
This is not the first time Singleton shared a Hollywood story about a rap star that turned down a part in one of his projects.
Back in 2015, he discussed how Ja Rule refused $500,000 for 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The production hired Ludacris instead, and the Atlanta rhymer went on to appear in several more blockbusters from the Fast & Furious franchise.
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