Actor and comedian John Witherspoon dropped by CBS Sports Radio for an in-studio appearance on Gio and Jones on – of all days – Friday.
Witherspoon, 73, is best known, perhaps, for playing Mr. Jones in the 1995 cult classic Friday, as well as Next Friday in 2000 and Friday After Next in 2002.
Witherspoon has appeared in some of the most well-known movies and sitcoms of the last 40+ years, but Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones had to ask: Do you still love it? Do you still love acting and comedy? Do you still have that passion?
“Yeah, well, the passion comes when you get that check,” Witherspoon said, prompting a hearty laugh from Gio and Jones. “It’s amazing the passion when you open that check up. I believe that’s what makes me go today.”
Whatever Witherspoon does now or in the future, he’ll likely always be “Mr. Jones” to a lot of people. Friday was the rare movie that had crossover appeal among all generations and races. Many would like to see another installment of the series, but Witherspoon doesn’t think it will happen – mainly because Chris Tucker, who played Smokey, apparently does not want to be a part of future Friday projects.
“It was Warner Bros. who bought the contract from New Line Cinema, who made the first three Fridays,” Witherspoon explained. “They want Chris Tucker back. He’s not coming back. There won’t be another Friday.”
Really? Can’t you or Ice Cube, who played Craig Jones, reached out to Tucker?
“I haven’t seen Chris Tucker in about four years,” Witherspoon said. “I never see those guys. I see Ice Cube every now and again. I talk to him. But other than that, no, I don’t see Chris Tucker. I’m so busy and they’re so busy.”
Witherspoon, however, said he would definitely do another Friday.
“Oh, in a heartbeat,” he said.
Gio and Jones wondered why Tucker wouldn’t be interested.
“Apparently he don’t need money,” Witherspoon said. “Plus, he don’t want anybody else to have some money. It’s a lot of people who make a lot of money on this movie. Maybe he’ll come around, but I don’t think so. Because after a while, everybody got old. Everybody’s getting old. I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Tucker and Ice Cube, if you’re curious, are in their mid-40s.
In any event, Witherspoon is still heavily involved in comedy. In fact, he’s performing five shows at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City this weekend, including two on Friday night.
“This is my first time at Gotham,” Witherspoon said. “We did a show last night. It was very good: packed, a lot of people there, kids there laughing, having a good time.”
Witherspoon discusses many topics in his act, including ISIS.
“I call them is-is – and i ain’t-ain’t messing with them,” Witherspoon joked. “I talk about ISIS. I talk about my family. I have two sons. I’d like to have two more sons.”
Really? At 73?
“I’d like to have two more,” Witherspoon reiterated. “It’s a little late now, but (I’d like to have) LeBron James and Stephen Curry.”
Wait, do you want to adopt them, or do you want them to adopt you?
“I want them to adopt me,” Witherspoon said, “and (then) buy me a Cadillac and a house.”