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The Tale of the Greats: Mike Epps and Chris Tucker

Shaheem Reid

 // Jan 28, 2017

Asmar Bouie // REVOLT

Although they've never appeared onscreen together, comic legends Mike Epps and Chris Tucker will forever be bound in our minds and hearts.

After Tucker famously refused to reprise his beloved character of "Smokey" for the sequel to Friday, Ice Cube's budding franchise was in a pickle. But, like a GM whose team lost their star player in the midst of building a dynasty, Cube recruited Epps, a diamond in the rough who caught the Gangsta Rap Godfather's attention on the comedy club circuit. Epps was so good as the character "Day-Day," not only was Next Friday a success, but it propelled Cube and company to do a third film Friday After Next.

Fans love all three films, but still the question beckons: how different would the Friday franchise be if Tucker had stayed, and how divine would it be if Cube could get both Tucker and Epps for a fourth Friday? Both Tucker and Epps have gone on to have stellar careers (although fans and journalists have always called on Tucker to be more active) and we here at REVOLT have given you an official breakdown of the two.

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Classic Films Appeared In

Mike Epps: 8

Chris Tucker: 7

Classic Videos Appeared In

Mike Epps: 8

Chris Tucker: 4

Most Successful Onscreen Pairing

Mike Epps: Ice Cube

Chris Tucker: Jackie Chan

Greatest Dramatic Role

Mike Epps: "Satin" in Sparkle

Chris Tucker: "Skip" in Dead Presidents

Worst Onscreen Nemesis

Mike Epps: Zombies in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction

Chris Tucker: (Tie) Big Worm in Friday and heroine in Dead Presidents

Most Money Won In A Dice Game

Mike Epps: $30K (He beat Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat. No joke!)

Chris Tucker: Unknown

Funniest TV Appearance

Mike Epps: Def Comedy Jam

Chris Tucker: Def Comedy Jam

Originally Touted As

Mike Epps: The Next Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker: The Next Eddie Murphy

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