One of the most quotable movies in history, Friday, is celebrating another year of being released (Apr 26). And while you probably know every line in the movie, you don’t know all the movie facts about Friday. Because let’s face it, how interesting are facts…usually not unless they are about one of the most classic comedies of all time.
Celebrate its success and check out 12 movie facts about Friday you probably didn’t know.
With only a $3.5 million budget, Friday was shot in 20 days.
Ice Cube wrote this classic with DJ Pooh who played Red in the movie.
The movie was filmed on director F. Gary Gray’s childhood street on 126th Street between Normandie and Halldale Avenues in Los Angeles. The scene where Deebo punches Red was shot outside Gary Gray’s childhood home.
Same Clothes, Different Movie
The clothes Cube wore in the first scene of Friday are the same ones he wore in the last scene of Boyz in the Hood.
Gray makes a cameo in the movie playing the man mopping the store floor who shuts down Ezal’s fake fall.
Friday was the late Micheal Clarke Duncan and Meagan Good’s first movie roles. Duncan played one of the guys playing craps with Smokey and Deebo before the knockout scene. Good starred as the little girl at the ice cream truck that Smokey moves out the way. And in some cuts she is one of the two kids in the opening scene of the film.
Who to Play Smokey?
Before Chris Tucker landed the infamous role of Smokey, Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson were considered. However Gray fought for the far less known Tucker to play the role. He also improvised most of his lines in the film, which impressed everyone.
Smokey Didn’t Get High
Chris Tucker revealed to the AV Club that he didn’t smoke while shooting, “you can’t make a movie high. Naw, I didn’t stay in character, but it was a good movie to do. We had a lot of fun.”
I’m Not Moving
In the flashback scene of Smokey smoking with Hector, there are two men in the background. They lived in the neighborhood and wouldn’t move when asked, not even after money was offered, so they shot the film with the guys in the background.
Friday was the first movie that used Rick James’ Mary Jane in a movie.