Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4 & Speaks About Whether He’ll Do Last Friday
Comedian and actor Chris Tucker has made three highly-successful Rush Hour films with Jackie Chan. The stunt-filled comedy franchise has been on an 11-year hiatus. However, in a period where the 46-year-old made a return to stand-up, Tucker has more good news.
“[Rush Hour 4 is] happening,” Chris Tucker confirmed to ESPN podcast, The Plug hosted by Chiney Ogwumike, Kayla Johnson, Justin Tinsley and Tesfaye Negussie. “This is gonna be the rush of all rushes,” he added near the 40:00 mark. “Jackie [Chan] is ready, and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.” Rush Hour 3 released in 2007. Since then, the three Rush Hour films’ director, Brett Ratner has been accused multiple times of sexual assault and misconduct, prompting Warner Bros. to sever a partnership. It is unclear who will direct the fourth film in the series.
While on the show, Tucker was asked about Last Friday. The proposed fourth and final film in the Ice Cube-helmed franchise could potentially mark a return for Tucker. After the 1995 original, Chris and his character “Smokey” left the cult-lauded film written by Cube and DJ Pooh, which was directed by F. Gary Gray.
“I don’t know. I talked to [Ice] Cube about it,” he tells the hosts. “He told me he was working on some stuff. And if it comes together right, I’m definitely gonna look at it and see if it works. ‘Cause I never say never; I definitely want to check it out. If it works, it’s a possibility.” The hosts then tease Tucker that the holdup must be about money. Ice Cube would take the independent Priority film to his own production company for both sequels. DJ Pooh, who had produced Cube’s music before Friday, also left the creative mix. “[It is] not necessarily money, just [about] making sense. Like the first [Friday]. At that time, it made sense for me, because it was my shot to get into movies and prove I could act. At this point, I want to make sure that it’s the right thing to do, ’cause you don’t want to do something for money if it’s not the right thing to do. ‘Cause then it disappoints fans.” Tucker said that fans had a lot to do with prompting his private discussions with Cube in the first place.
“That’s what we want. We’re still trying to get Chris [Tucker] to do it,” Ice Cube told Drink Champs in April of last year, regarding Last Friday. “I hope so; I can’t make Chris do it, but fans can hit him up.”
Chris Tucker appeared in the 2012 Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook and Ang Lee’s 2016 work, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
#BonusBeat: Chris Tucker posted this photo online this week:
It features himself, and Comedy peers Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Kevin Hart.