Friday continues to make headlines this week as yet another actor put on the map by the franchise comes forward to discuss how much he was paid for the film. Today Michael Blackson joins the likes of Faizon Love, Chris Tucker, John Witherspoon and AJ Johnson to open up about how much he was paid to be in Ice Cube’s Friday franchise. Despite the small amount, Blackson lets it be known that the movie changed his life.
In ‘Next Friday,’ Blackson made his film debut playing customer #1, who stormed into Pinky’s Record store where Day Day worked. Blackson charged the cash register and began complaining about a compact disc he was sold. The comedian demanded to speak to the manager after declaring, “I can’t get jiggy with this s**t,” referring to the CD in his hand. After unsuccessfully attempting to return the CD, Blackson storms away, bumping into Craig, who knocks him to the floor. Blackson banters with Cube for a moment before fleeing the record store delivering a few more signature lines. The hilarious scene saw all the actors at their best and helped Blackson launch an entire career from the appearance.
Blackson has used elements of customer #1 in just about everything he’s done since, making it his signature as a comedian. He’s gone on to star in other films such as Repos, Meet The Blacks and Coming 2 America where he brings the same brand of humor. On Twitter, Blackson responded to an Ice Cube post about “robbing” Friday actors letting it be known that the Cube was not to blame for how much his cast got paid. “It’s the film industry’s pay scale. I got paid $800 a day when I did Next Friday.” Michael goes on to say that while it was not a lot of money, the role helped establish him as one of the most recognizable African comics in the world.
Blackson added for good measure, “When I film my movie I’m paying new actors in food and coochie, that’s my minimum wage modasucka.”
In the age of social media, fans feel entitled to speak their opinion on anything and everything an artist does — directly to them. Case in point, someone who clearly failed to read the fine print accused Ice Cube of “robbing” actor Faizon Love, who played “Big Worm” in the iconic Friday film. In a recent interview with Comedy Hype, Love revealed he only got paid $2,500 for starring in the movie and that was enough for people to pounce.
Love’s recent remarks put Ice Cube on the defense when someone tweeted him, “yo it’s wild how @icecube act like he for the people and whole time been robbing his own people…Pay them people @FAIZONLOVE @christuckerreal #RIPAjjohnson.”
Cube replied, “I didn’t rob no fuckin body. The 1995 Friday movie cost $2.3 million to make. Shot in 20 days. Faizon 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 shit.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Love did say he’d appear in the nearly mythical fourth installment no matter what he got paid.
Now if I do it again, they talking about the Last Friday then, oh yeah, I’m with it,” he said. “You got a last check? If Cube said, ‘Faizon, there’s no money. I need you to do this.’ I would have to do it on GP because it was that character that brought me into the game heavy.”