As new COVID-19 vaccine mandates appear nationwide, the pushback against these mandates continues. Hollywood is no exception. In July, Hollywood announced that producers hold power to implement mandatory vaccination for all cast and crew. As the months continue, production on multiple films falters as
This month Ice Cube walked away from a potential $9 million movie deal where he would have been co-stars with celebrity Jack Black in a new Sony production, Oh Hell No! This movie, set to start filming this winter in Hawaii, has since been pushed back. Producer Matt Tolmach, Jack Black, and Sony did not offer a comment.
Ice Cube's reluctance to get vaccinated may come as a shock to some, as he has been an avid supporter of masks during the pandemic. Ice Cube has been a supporter of wearing a mask since the outbreak began in March 2020. He raised money for mask donations and even created t-shirts featuring himself wearing a mask. The phrase "Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self" becoming a famous slogan for those supporting masks over the last two years. The proceeds went directly to front-line health workers.
It is unclear whether the delay in the production of Oh Hell No is solely due to Ice Cube's departure. In June, Black also sustained an injury during the filming of the last episode of Conan.
However, he is less than on board with the new vaccine mandates that are spreading throughout the country. In July, the announcement that producers in Hollywood hold power to implement mandatory vaccination for their cast and crew on a movie-by-movie basis was a shock to many. The agreement between Ice Cube and Jack, made in June, has since been terminated, leaving Black and Tolmach to find a new co-star.
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