How Ja Rule Blew His Chance to Star in the Fast and Furious Franchise
Ja Rule could’ve had it all.
However, when approached to appear in a starring role in the sequel, Ja Rule turned it down.
“I just felt it wasn’t the best move for me as far as what I want to do in Hollywood right now,” he told MTV at the time, in September 2002. “I’m really trying to do this acting thing very seriously. And, you know, sometimes every move is not the right move.”
(It’s worth noting that the “Put It on Me” rapper starred in Scary Movie 3 in 2003.)
When Ja Rule turned down the $500,000 offer to star in 2 Fast, Singleton revealed to Grantland that they called up Ludacris instead.
Contrary to Ja, whom the Boyz n the Hood director said was “too big for himself,” Ludacris “was all humble, excited to meet me.”
Ludacris went on to star as Tej in 2 Fast as well as Fast & Furious, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7.
Ja Rule’s most recent studio album, Pain Is Love 2, was released in 2012 and peaked at 21 on the Billboard charts.