If you thought that the "Friday" movie franchise was dead, you are mistaken. Veteran rapper/actor Ice Cube revealed in 2011 that another sequel is in the works. But according to him, the franchise wouldn't be complete without his old pal Smokey a.k.a. Chris Tucker. We couldn't agree more. From the first moment that we laid eyes on his hilarious character in 1995, we were in love. And although nothing is written in stone as far as his participation, we can only hope that he will sign on if he gets the script in his hand.
"Chris, where have you been?"
It's been a long time since we've seen Chris Tucker on the big screen. As a matter of fact, it's been a while since we've seen Chris anywhere. Sure, we loved him in the "Rush Hour" franchise. And although he's had stand up comedy dates in recent years, he's been less visible than we'd like.
"The Silver Linings Playbook"
Speaking of visibility, Tucker is reportedly set to star in an upcoming comedy called "The Silver Linings Playbook." But it doesn't take us long to realize that the two heavy hitting names in this production are Bradley Cooper and "Hunger Games" star, Jennifer Lawrence. Although Tucker is a member of the cast, we're wondering exactly how much screen time he'll get. And although he provides comic relief in practically any film, we're ready to see him reprise the character with which we have fallen in love.
"Friday" needs "Smokey"
We were introduced to Day-Day (Mike Epps) in the series' 2nd installment, "Next Friday." Getting used to Epps wasn't difficult at all. In fact, this movie happened to be the top-grossing in the entire series. Day-Day's popularity grew so quickly that the 3rd installment ("Friday After Next ") was released just a couple years later. Clearly we'd gotten comfortable with Cube's new sidekick. By the time we were used to Epps, another hilarious personality was added to the fray. Comedian Katt Williams packed a big wallop as a pint-sized pimp named Money Mike.
But still, we've never forgotten Smokey, who helped launch the slapstick goodness that is the "Friday" series. We miss the snappy quips and the hilarious antics. Hollywood is full of "stoner comedy." But Chris Tucker's brand of shtick resonated with us. His image as the Dennis the Menace of the "hood" is forever branded into our minds. Ice Cube has all but guaranteed us that another chapter of this infamous series is a sure thing. We're still waiting on final word that Tucker will rejoin the madness. For now, we'll keep our fingers crossed that Smokey will make a triumphant return to the big screen.
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