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    Chris Tucker Finally Explained Why He Turned Down The "Friday" Sequels

    "I never really told people this because I kinda forgot about it."

    Friday is an undisputed comedy classic, and it's spawned several sequels too.

    Ice Cube and Chris Tucker lean back while sitting down
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    But Chris Tucker — one of the stars from the first film, alongside Ice Cube — didn't return for any of the following movies, and he's finally revealed why.

    Tucker talks to Faizon Love, who's wearing curlers and sitting in the front seat of a car
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    Tucker recently opened up to Shannon Sharpe about why he chose not to reprise his role as weed dealer Smokey — and his reasoning had to do with the character's occupation.

    Chris Tucker explains why he wouldn’t do another Friday movie

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    Tucker told Sharpe that one of the reasons he didn't do the 2000 sequel Next Friday was "because of the weed." "I don’t want everybody smoking weed,” he explained. “I never really told people this because I kinda forgot about it, but it was one of the reasons why I didn’t do it.”

    Tucker and Michael Clarke Duncan look up from the ground
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    “I said, ‘I don’t want to represent everyone smoking weed.’ I kinda made it more personal than a movie, and that’s one of the reasons I said, ‘Nah, I don’t want to keep doing that character.’”

    Tucker and Ice Cube look in a fridge
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    Tucker has no regrets, though. He told Sharpe that turning down Next Friday "probably was good for me" since it enabled him to move "to the next phase" of his career.

    Tucker looks at someone with his head cocked while wearing a backwards hat and a chain
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    Watch the interview here.