By Paul Russell
11/26/2002 5:26:28 AM
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Ice Cube's latest film, the 3rd in the "Friday" series hit #3 in its release week! It was only beaten by blockbusters, "Die Another Day" & "Harry Potter." "Friday After Next" is on pace to match or surpass previous "Friday" films at the box-office! However, Cube who conceived the franchise and also stars in each of the films says that despite its success, he's happy to end the series - last week Cube said that he wasnt concerned about how it did at the box office : "I'm not really worried about that, at this point all you could do is do a good movie and go from there. I know we got a good movie. He spoke to MTV and said : Sometimes you could start playing number games and try to be #1 or try to make sure it surpasses what the other ones did, but I'm not in the game for that. I am not thinking about ['Friday'] four. No four. This is it."
However the film's director and longtime Ice Cube music-video director, Marcus Raboy, says he hopes that Cube will change his mind : "When we were in the editing, one day Cube said, 'This is probably gonna be the last [one],' I said, 'I'll bet you a $100 there's another "Friday." ' He said, 'I can't even take that bet.' We had to think of it as three as the perfect number in a set. Then you put it out there to the audiences and if the audience is saying, 'We want more, we want more,' I think that's a decision that Cube will make down the line. [He may] say, 'They want more, I'm inspired, I have a great angle on it. It feels like it can be fresh and have a purpose.' Time will tell."
Even though Ice Cube feels its time "Friday" was put to rest, he said that he and his co-star Mike Epps will continue to make movies together : "Our relationship on the set is real cool and real close. All we do is sit around and laugh and joke on each other, kinda like kicking it. The chemistry spills over. I look at him like my little brother. It seems like it all resonates onscreen. We're looking at other things we can do to expand on it. We know people love this combination. That's what we in it for, to give the people what they want."
Since the surprise success of "Barbershop" earlier this year, Ice Cube says executives around "Tinseltown" are throwing plenty of deals at him : "More people want to be in business, but we don't want to just take opportunities now that they're there, I take pride in having a company called Cubevision. I don't want to mess it up because we have the opportunity to make a lot of movies real fast. A lot of quality goes into whatever we're doing. We gotta make sure the product is still very good." He also went on to explain that he has no doubts about what he could do if he weren't constrained to his usual "shoestring budgets" : "If they gave a $100 million, I'll damn sure make it look like $250 million," he laughed. "It's not hard to get that money on the screen and do something off the hook. I really don't need that much money. You don't need a $100 million to make $100 million."
"Torque" (due out in 2003) is the next film we can expect to see Ice Cube in, the filming for that was wrapped up less than a month ago. Although he didn't produce the film or write the script this time around, he did get the opportunity to ride motorcycles in the action flick! : "I'm pretty nice on them, I ain't ready to join the Ruff Ryders yet, but give me three or four more months, I'll be ready. It was fun making the movie though, getting to ride hard."
Cube also spoke on the music angle! As many of you will know Ice Cube is inches from being an official member of the ever growing "Aftermath" crew, and is set to record his next LP under the watchful eye of Dr. Dre, as executive producer : : "I love music as much as I love the movie thing, i'm gonna be on Aftermath as soon as I get the deal signed. It's close, very close. It's just basically making sure we got a d
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