Ice Cube has responded extensively to Katt Williams’ recent explosive interview with Shannon Sharpe, addressing various aspects of the making of “Friday After Next.” In a nearly 10-minute video posted on Twitter/X, Cube clarified several points raised by Williams and shed light on the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the film.
Williams’ appearance on Club Shay Shay, released on January 4, created a buzz online with his candid remarks about figures such as Diddy, Trick Daddy, Ludacris, and more. When questioned about pay disparities among past actors in the Friday franchise, Katt defended Cube, highlighting the challenges of making movies as a Black man without a substantial budget.
One significant topic discussed was Rickey Smiley’s claim on the Pierre’s Panic Room podcast that he was initially supposed to play Katt’s role of Money Mike, a pimp, while Katt would portray a robber, Santa Claus.
Katt disputed this, stating that he wrote the role and successfully advocated against a controversial rape scene originally in the script.
Ice Cube’s response on Twitter/X affirmed much of Katt’s account, with Cube acknowledging that Money Mike’s role was already written but enhanced by Katt’s unique style. Cube confirmed that Smiley did audition for the role but was eventually cast as Santa Claus. He also denied the existence of a rape scene in the film, emphasizing that such content doesn’t align with his filmmaking style.
Cube clarified that the role of Money Mike was initially smaller but expanded due to Katt’s ad-libs and freestyle contributions. While praising Katt’s talent and humor, Cube highlighted the collaborative process of working with comedians and placing them in roles where they could shine.