Oh Hell No! Ice Cube has reportedly dropped out of a new Sony Pictures comedy film after producers asked him to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to a Friday report in The Hollywood Reporter, the decision cost the rapper and actor a $9 million payday.
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Oh Hell No also stars comedian Jack Black (School of Rock and Bernie) and was scheduled to begin filming this winter in Hawaii. Kitao Sakurai (Bad Trip) is directing the comedy based on a script from Scot Armstrong, Jessica Gao, Tracy Oliver, and Rodney Rothman.
The start date will now be pushed back as the production team searches for Ice Cube’s replacement.
A July agreement between the Hollywood unions and production studios, said producers have the option “to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A.”
Zone A is defined as: “Any perimeter within which activity occurs without physical distancing or the use of PPE.”
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The agreement posted online by SAG-AFTRA also says if producers opt to allow unvaccinated employees to work in Zone A, they “must be tested 3 times per week.” Fully vaccinated Zone A employees only have to be tested “once per week.”
The “Return to Work Agreement” also calls on producers to “maximize indoor airflow” and says indoor production spaces should implement “CDC recommendations on air filtration in buildings, such as use of adequate portable HEPA filtration or increased outside air.”