Last Seen In: Friday After Next (2002)
The original Friday was a simple enough premise: two friends spend their day off doing absolutely nothing. Drugs and alcohol entered the mix, but the friendship between Craig (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) was what kept us interested. It was dysfunctional, sure, but what lasting friendship isn’t?
The sequel Next Friday (2000) replaced Smokey for a far more ‘zany’ plot, and Friday After Next (2002) strayed even further. It was Smokey and Craig who were most entertaining, and offered each actor a chance to play to their strengths: Smokey ran at the mouth, and Craig was there to shut it.
We’ve all grown up, switched careers, moved, kicked old habits and found new ones. But whenever we meet a friend from the old neighborhood, we can’t help wondering: would Smokey and Craig have changed as little as we have?