Actors Mos Def and Wood Harris reportedly banned usage of the “N-Word” both on the set and within their upcoming R-rated film Next Day Air.
Harris recently discussed the duo’s decision to omit the controversial label.
“It was something that was very important to us,” Harris explained. “It was our way of making a statement that we can express ourselves without using the N-word. But it wasn’t just in the movie that we banned the word. We also banned it on the set. No one could say it at all. At first it was difficult, but we really stayed on top of each other. By the end of … filming, I don’t know if it was something that even came up. We just didn’t say it, and had no desire to. I hope that other people will start trying to find new ways to express themselves as well.” (Rolling Out)
The upcoming film revolves around a mistaken exchange of drugs.
When two bumbling criminals accidentally receive a package of grade-A cocaine, they think they’ve hit the jackpot. But when they try to cash in on their luck, it triggers a series of events that forever changes the lives of ten people. Smalltime hoods “Brody” and “Guch” have seen better days. But when a wacked-out courier accidentally brings them a box containing 10 kilos of high-quality cocaine meant for their next-door neighbors, it sets in motion a chain of events that could cost all of them their lives. (Yahoo Movies)
Aside from Mos Def and Harris, Next Day Air features multiple comedians and established actors.
Directed by Benny Boom and written by Blair Cobbs, the movie features Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Cisco Reyes, Yasmin Deliz, Debbie Allen, Malik Barnhardt, Lobo Sebastian and more. (IMDb)
Despite banning the “N-Word” in the film, Mos was recently seen using the terminology when he challenged Jay-Z and Lil Wayne to a rap battle earlier this year.
“You really think that Jay and Weezy can beat me,” Mos asked in a video. “It will never happen. None of them. Whoever. Listen, n*ggas I like, I love Freeway, but come get the money if you think you can. Beans, I love him….[Andre 3000] ,whatever, I’m taking the money back to Brooklyn. I’m taking the money back to Brooklyn. Jay is the best out. I’m taking the ring and I’m taking the belt right back.” (World Star Hip Hop)
Next Day Delivery hits theaters Friday, May 8th.
Check out the film’s trailer below: