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Ja Rule Reportedly Turned Down Ludacris' Role in the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise


Ja Rule, who has been seemingly absent from the rap scene for a considerable amount of time, reportedly had the opportunity to become a huge movie star. Word on web is the rapper turned down Ludacris' role in the Fast & Furious franchise.

According to XXL, Academy Award-winning director John Singleton, who directed the franchise's second installment, 2 Fast 2 Furious, made the big reveal during a recent interview with Grantland.

Ja, who had a small role in the first film, was reportedly in talks with Universal to have an expanded role in the rest of the series but things just didn't pan out that way.

"Ja got too big for himself," Singleton recalled. "He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars."

The "Clap Back" rapper was paid $15,000 for his small role in The Fast & The Furious. Singleton said success went to his head and caused the New York rhymer to miss an opportunity.

"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?'"

Singleton then made the decision to call Ludacris. The two had never worked together before.

Throughout his career, Ja Rule has appeared in several movies including 2002's Half Past Dead, Scary Movie 3 and Assault on Precinct 13.

Furious 7, starring Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, is in theaters now.

How do you think Ja Rule would have done playing Ludacris' role? Are you planning on going to see Furious 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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