Ice Cube says he lost a $9-million movie deal after refusing to get COVID-19 vaccine

Ice Cube holds a microphone while performing.
Ice Cube performs at the 2022 Riot Fest in Chicago.
(Rob Grabowski / Invision / Associated Press)

Ice Cube will not get the COVID-19 vaccine — not even for $9 million.

On a new episode of the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast, the rapper and actor revealed Sunday that he passed up a $9-million movie deal because he refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“I turned down a movie because I didn’t wanna get the motherf— jab,” Ice Cube said. “I turned down $9 million because I didn’t want to get the jab. F— that jab and f— y’all for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feel about me right now.”

Last October, reports surfaced that the hip-hop musician had exited the Sony Pictures comedy “Oh Hell No” after declining a vaccination request from producers. Directed by Kitao Sakurai, the film was supposed to star Ice Cube and Jack Black, who is one of the producers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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The project — which was set to launch production in Hawaii last winter — was reportedly delayed as a result of Ice Cube’s departure. It’s unclear if or when the film will move forward. A replacement for Ice Cube has not been announced.

“I didn’t turn [$9 million] down,” Ice Cube continued on “Million Dollaz Worth of Game.”

“Them motherf— wouldn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot. I didn’t turn it down. They just didn’t give it to me.”

The recording artist also said he “got lucky” and has not contracted COVID-19.

Medical experts have stated that the safest and most effective way to protect oneself against severe illness from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined additional ways of shielding oneself and others from the coronavirus.

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