By Paul Russell
11/13/2002 8:25:51 AM
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Bet.com recently interviewed Ice Cube, here's what he had to say on his upcoming projects.
With "Friday After Next," rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube and director Marcus Raboy said they intended to preserve the formula that made prior "Friday" flicks successful, but would incorporate a holiday spin into the franchise.
[The "Friday" series] usually has something to do with altering the day at each level, so that's still the same," Cube said to BET.com. "It's just that it's Christmas Eve and we back in the hood and we working as security at a strip mall. And we're security guards trying to not get fired but still deal with all the crazy holiday shoppers."
The third installment in the highly successful comedy series co-stars John Witherspoon, Don "D.C." Curry, Anna Maria Horsford and Mike Epps (Day-Day) as Cube's zany cousin. In this episode, Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day are confronted with possible eviction, the glaring reality of a hood holiday with no presents and an evil Santa that pilfers from the community.
"Friday After Next" also marks the feature directorial debut of acclaimed video director Marcus Raboy who, over the last 10 years, has worked with Ice Cube on a number of previous projects including the wildly popular video for "Wicked."
With the Christmas angle, Raboy said he hopes "Friday After Next" will get repeated play every year. "It's like we took it to a new place. We're trying to work towards a Christmas classic," he stated. "It's never been done before - a Black Christmas classic."
Cube says he's certain that audiences of all creeds and cultures will relate to the movie, much s they did to his summer smash "Barbershop."
"I just want to do good movies. I think people are just going to have a good time and the movie is a good time from start to finish."
Likewise, Raboy said he is committed to churning out quality films in the vein of "Trading Places," with Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd, and the classic Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder buddy flicks.
"I've really got my eye out for a great script I can connect with my background. I'm just looking to elevate the game," he said.
He said he was certain that he and Cube would maintain their already long-running work relationship. "I'm sure Cube and I are going to find another project. I know we are. We just work so well. I'm sure I am going to work with some of the people I worked with on 'Friday' like Mike Epps," he said.
Both Ice Cube and Raboy said "Friday After Next" is the best of the comedic trilogy, even better than the original that featured Chris Tucker.
"To me it's the best one because we're better and the comedy is better," he said to BET.com. "Everybody's at the top of their game."
"Friday After Next" opens nationwide on November 22.
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