Ice Cube and DJ Pooh created cinematic glory with the first Friday film in 1995, bringing to life the now-iconic characters Craig Jones (Ice Cube), Smokey (Chris Tucker), Big Worm (Faizon Love) and Deebo (the late Tommy Lister). While plenty of folks have likely dressed up for Halloween as the Friday characters before, there have been very few who catch the attention of Ice Cube.
As the holiday got underway on Sunday (October 31), a group of people decided to emulate several different characters from the cult classic, and it wasn’t long before Cube caught wind of their portrayals. On Monday (November 1), Cube shared a TikTok video of their costumes and wrote, “Best party of the night.”
With Ice Cube’s “You Can Do It” playing in the background, the camera pans to each character: Craig, Smokey, Felicia, Joi, Deebo, Big Worm, Mrs. Betty Jones, Mr. Willie Jones, Day Day, Suga, Baby Joker, Baby D, Black Santa, Mrs. Pearly and finally, Damon Pearly.
Best party of the night https://t.co/5Ty4wasNmh
— Ice Cube (@icecube) November 1, 2021
Friday takes place in South Central Los Angeles and follows the chronically unemployed Craig around the city as he encounters all kinds of shenanigans. Although considered a “sleeper hit,” the original film led to two sequels: Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002). Cube ran into a snag with the film’s fourth installment, Last Friday, which was reportedly green-lit in April 2017 but has yet to come to fruition.
John Witherspoon, who played Pops, passed away in October 2019, making the film’s future even more uncertain. During his funeral, Cube partially explained why there was a holdup.
“I really apologize to my friend for not getting the next Friday movie made,” he said. “It’s not my fault. Some dumb ass people in Hollywood at New Line Cinema, if you wanna … you can email Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener if you feel like I feel. Yeah, you punks had two scripts and you didn’t wanna do them.
“That’s the real. We were tryin’ to make that movie for years and we couldn’t get it done. We got the other three and we got our memories.”