With Furious 7 hitting theaters today, Grantland decided to reach out to director John Singleton to get his take on why Ja Rule denied the offer to appear in the second film, 2 Fast 2 Furious – after he had a small roll in the first.
Before we get into that though, here’s what Ja Rule told MTV back in 2002.
“Me and Vin talked after he turned it down. He hollered at me ’cause they still wanted me to do the film and they bumped up my role as a starring role and everything. And you know, we talked about it. I just felt it wasn’t the best move for me as far as what I want to do in Hollywood right now. I’m really trying to do this acting thing very seriously. And you know, sometimes every move is not the right move.”
Now, for Singleton’s view…
“Ja got too big for himself. He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars. He got 15 grand to be in the first movie. He was really big at that time. I guess Murder Inc. was throwing out hits and were making money hand over foot. He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn’t return calls. I went to the studio to go see him — that’s just my mantra, I deal with a lot of music people. He was kinda playing me to the side and I was like, ‘What? What is this shit?’ This was all initiated by me. I then made a call. I called Ludacris. I said, ‘Hey, Luda, I haven’t met you before, but I like what you’re doing right now.’ Luda was all humble, excited to meet me. I said, ‘I’m doing this movie and I’m wondering if you want to be a part of it.’ He goes, ‘What? Yeah! Anything you do I want to be a part of.’ That’s how Ludacris got in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the rest is history.”
So, instead of being a part of one of the highest grossing franchises in history, Ja will be forced to relive the moment via these two YouTube clips…
Sorry Ja, no ménage à trois for you.