Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Friday”

December 3, 2012  |  

Before Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, before Pineapple Express, there was the original “high til I die” movie, Friday. Following the events of just one day in the neighborhood, we watch as Craig and Smokey sit, smoke and plot about what to do about Craig’s unemployment situation. You’ve memorized the lines, but we bet money you don’t know these secrets. Check it out.

Where did the story come from?

Ice Cube and his partner, rapper and producer, DJ Pooh wrote the script for Friday and DJ Pooh was “Red” the guy who got knocked the “fugg” out! Unfortunately, things went a bit sour with their relationship and issues with money and credit damaged their friendship. Pooh and Cube split for a minute but in 2000, the two mended their differences and Pooh says they plan to work together again.

20 Days

When it came time to shoot the movie, there was no time to mess around. The movie, which cost $3.5 million to make, was filmed originally through Priority Films and then picked up by New Line Cinema after it was finished.

All in the Neighborhood

It was only fitting that up and coming director F. Gary Gray and Ice Cube would team up for their first movie. After all, Gray directed Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” video. Not only had the two worked together before, Gray was also from the South Central area. Actually, the same neighborhood where the movie was filmed, is the same neighborhood where Gray grew up. Several houses in the film were actually houses of friends of the director. The scene where Deebo punches Red, is the house Gray grew up in. We know you remember the scene, but in case you need a laugh for today, re-watch.

Chris Tucker

The role of Smokey was supposed to go to a whole lot of people, including Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson. The studio really wanted a big name for that role. But Chris Rock was doing “SNL” and Davidson was doing “In Living Color.” In an interview with Black Film.com Gray said it was a struggle to get Tucker. Obviously, it was a great choice. “It’s just like Chris Tucker with Friday, he was unknown and it was a fight to get him into Friday, but now he’s a $20 million actor, it’s that ‘it’ thing, there’s just something about him.”

The Line

You may have noticed that Friday was all about exposing the funny, less violent side of South Central. So that’s what Chris tried to bring with the now notorious line he improvised after “Red” got knocked out. In the clip below, Chris explains how he came up with the line.

Remember Michael?

You might not have noticed but Friday was the first film for Michael Clarke Duncan. He was one of the crap players in the same scene where Red gets punched out.

No I Won’t Move

You know when you film in the neighborhood, especially a black neighborhood, there will be some neighbors who won’t be so happy about the intrusion. In a flashback scene, you can see two men sitting in the background. These two men lived in the neighborhood and were either trying to get chose or just got off on being difficult. Even though the staff offered to pay them for a walk-on role, the men, knowing the crew couldn’t force them off their own property, they were content to just chill.

How did it do?

With a budget of $3.5 million Friday earned only $6.5 million during  its opening weekend. Though that placed it at number 2 in the box office, that wasn’t all that impressive to studios.  Friday eventually grossed $27.4 million after its box office run.

The Last Go ‘Round

We already know that there will be one more Friday, to add to the other sequels. What we don’t know is whether or not Chris Tucker will rejoin the cast. Though it’s not because people don’t want him. The fans want him and as Ice Cube told Global Grind, earlier this year, he definitely wants him on board for the project as well.

“I hope so. I got a part written in for him. It’s really about Chris. I’m not going to beg him to be in the movie, but I’m going to ask him…twice. (laughs) And hopefully he’ll do it. We’re trying to make a deal. That’s what the fans want. I want to give the fans what they want, but with or without Chris, we’re going to make you laugh. It’s a funny movie. It’s a lot of funny, new characters that pop in, mixed with a lot of the characters that we’ve known over the three movies. It’s crazy and it’s back to the basics.”

Of course we would love to see Chris reprise his role as Smokey but we’ll have to see what he said about that.

What does Chris have to say…

In an interview with Tom Joyner, Chris Tucker finally gave the real about what he thinks about Last Friday and whether or not he will be in the movie.

It sounds like he’s made up his mind but we’ll still hold out hope.

Do you want to see Chris in this role again? Do you think he should take it?

 

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  • shag12

    Chris filed for bankruptcy. He’d better go back to his roots.

  • This movie is FULL of classic lines!!

    “He gone cry in the car!”

    “Well, round here! Between Normandie & Western! We call this here a little twenny twen twen!” “WELL!” “N!9999a!!!”

    “OH! My neck! My back! My neck and my back! I want a hunnid and fifty thousand dollars! But we can settle right now outta court for twenty bucks!”

    LMAOOO…. I can go on and on with this one! CLASSIC! I swear, my momma got that Red mentality, all about “It’s both of ours, we can just keep it at my house!” LOL… we go HARD all about the vacuum cleaner that we “share”!!!

  • Ambitious12

    Aww man Chris has got to come back as smokey it just wouldn’t be the same with out him….. I love all the Friday movies

    • lbridgez

      I don’t think he should do it. He was confident in his stand-up abilities. Now, he is all American Dad and we all know its gonna sound watered down or like he is trying too hard to be funny. He said himself that he doesn’t want to mess up a classic.

    • lbridgez

      I don’t think he should do it. He was confident in his stand-up abilities. Now, he is all American Dad and we all know its gonna sound watered down or like he is trying too hard to be funny. He said himself that he doesn’t want to mess up a classic.

  • Pearl

    Love Friday…I dont know why but the part that makes me laugh so hard is when Craig pours that splash of milk into the bowl, looks in the carton and then bangs it on the bottom like some more is going to come out….lmao…..

  • trey brown

    When Smokey went to smoke with Hector and his homeboy and he found out it was angel dust. From that part on when he started twiching and shaking in the car to running in front of the car in his under clothes to hiding in Deebo’s pigeon coup. When I first saw it i couldn’t stop laughing that I missed the last part of that scene what he was doing in the pigeon coup shaking acting and sounding like the pigeons. He says, ‘Man i was in there for a week, my momma had to come get me out. If you laughed at the first part and missed it go back and watch it. That sh!t was hilarious, I laugh just thinking about it – ‘coo coo’.

  • Tamz

    Absolutely LOVE Friday…and Chris knows he has money troubles…like Cube told him when that Hispanic dude came to buy weed “You better make that money!” My favorite part was when Smokey and Craig came back from the store and Smokey was trying to stop the car…lmao!!!!

    • jennellabella

      Mine too!! And u can see the rubber from his chucks on the ground!! I cry every time I see that part.Lmao

      • Ambitious12

        Owwwww remember when the late and great Yvette WIlson came over to meet smokey and he was like don’t you ever eva eva eva eva come around here again

        • Tamz

          That ish was CLASSIC!!

        • KJ23

          SHE DIED?!?! That’s so sad!!!

          • Ambitious12

            yeah she passed in june

      • Tamz

        Then had the nerve to put an alarm on the car…lmao!!!

  • NONEYA

    Friday, made Chris Tucker a movie star, and he basically stole the show in the first one and he was smart not to do those terrible Friday sequels! Just about everyoneo of these clicks involving CT!

    • Tamz

      THANK YOU @1b63457e1c98810555edfb45a406d503:disqus!!! He will always be Smokey to me…lol