Ice Cube plays teacher-from-hell in comedy film ‘Fist Fight’

An award winning actor, director, producer and music icon, Ice Cube has established himself as one of entertainment’s most accomplished, bankable, relevant and prolific figures, both on and off the screen.

Now, Ice Cube heads the cast of New Line Cinema’s outrageous comedy Fist Fight as one of the two teachers about to come to blows.

Cube relates, “When I first got the script for ‘Fist Fight,’ I was like, ‘Yo, this is what you go to the movies for; it’s the kind of film that you can just have fun with.’ “It’s like one of those movies where you have a ticking time bomb, but the time bomb here is my character, Ron Strickland.”

On the last day of the school year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst outrageous senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that are putting his job on the line just as his wife is expecting their second baby.

But things go from bad to worse when Campbell crosses the school’s toughest and most feared teacher, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), causing Strickland to be fired. To Campbell’s shock—not to mention utter terror—Strickland responds by challenging him to a fist fight after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire as Campbell takes ever more desperate measures to avoid getting the crap beaten out of him. But if he actually shows up and throws down, it may end up being the very thing this school, and Andy Campbell, needed.

After penning the most memorable lyrics on NWA’s groundbreaking songs “Straight Outta Compton” and “F**k Tha Police,” Ice Cube left the group at the peak of its popularity to pursue one of the most successful careers in music history. As a solo recording artist, he has sold more than 10 million albums while remaining one of rap’s most respected and influential artists. Most recently, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with his group NWA.

In 1991, Cube made his acting debut with a lead role in the critically acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated feature Boyz n the Hood. Since then, he has become one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood with film credits that include Friday, Three Kings, and xXx: State of the Union, as well as the Barbershop, Are We There Yet?, Ride Along and 21 Jump Street franchises, to name just a few.

In addition, he wrote and directed The Players Club, and wrote and produced The Janky Promoters. As a television producer, Cube Vision took the Barbershop and Are We There Yet? series to successful network runs and also enjoyed success with the controversial Black. White.

More recently, Cube helped inspire and also produced the feature Straight Outta Compton, which was acclaimed by critics and audiences. The film held the #1 spot at the box office three weekends in a row, going on to gross over $200 million dollars on a mere budget of $28 million. In addition, it received numerous awards and accolades, including nominations from the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Producer Guild of America Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards and Golden Globes. It also won Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards, the True Story Award at the MTV Movie Awards, and many more.

Together, his movies have grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office.

Cube is currently gearing up for the television debut of the Cube Vision-produced Hip Hop Squares on VH1 in January 2017. He will also be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Summer 2017.

Now showing across Philippine cinemas, Fist Fight is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Ice Cube, Charlie Day play rowdy teachers in comedy ‘Fist Fight’

Remember those inspiring high school movies where a dedicated but unconventional teacher is assigned to the worst class and, defying the odds, transforms them all into well-behaved honor students? Well, New Line Cinema’s upcoming comedy Fist Fight isn’t one of those.

Director Richie Keen says, “This is definitely a heightened experience of high school. It takes place entirely over one day — the last day of the year at Roosevelt High, which is the traditional Senior Prank Day, so it’s utter chaos. We wanted to see how far we could push that envelope.”

It starts out as the teachers versus the students, or, as Keen puts it, “the prison guards versus the inmates.” But everything changes when two teachers are pitted against each other. Suddenly Senior Prank Day is overshadowed by the promised faculty fracas that quickly goes viral. #TeacherFight.

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Ice Cube and Charlie Day head the cast as the two teachers about to come to blows, and the actors also serve as executive producers on the film. Cube relates, “When I first got the script for ‘Fist Fight,’ I was like, ‘Yo, this is what you go to the movies for; it’s the kind of film that you can just have fun with.’ “It’s like one of those movies where you have a ticking time bomb, but the time bomb here is my character, Ron Strickland.”

Day, who stars as Strickland’s opponent, Andy Campbell, agrees. “I mean, who doesn’t love a good high school movie? And I thought the dynamic between my character and Ice Cube’s character jumped off the page. I liked the ticking clock scenario, where it’s a pressure cooker and the heat keeps getting turned up. Those were the elements that made the script exciting to me.”

Even before Andy’s date with destiny-or death, depending on whom you talk to-he is not exactly having a good day. Keen elaborates, “The kids at school are crazy; his pregnant wife is three days past due; and he’s nervously waiting to find out if he’s among the teachers being fired due to budget cuts. Then, being in the wrong place at the absolute wrong time, he happens to witness Strickland having a ‘final straw’ moment with his students, who have pushed him one time too many. He’s put in a tough spot when he and Strickland are called in by the principal who wants to know what happened. With his job on the line, Andy reluctantly points a finger at Strickland, at which point Strickland tells him to meet him in the parking lot after school at 3:00. That’s when things really get started.”

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If the longsuffering school manages to survive Senior Prank Day, the faculty and students will witness a no-holds-barred brawl between two of their own. Unfortunately for Andy Campbell, this test is pass or fail — and they’re not grading on a curve.

Fist Fight also stars Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit) and JoAnna Garcia Swisher (The Astronaut Wives Club).

Richie Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser (Funny or Die’s What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield.

Opening across the Philippines on February 22, 2017, Fist Fight is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

WATCH: Ice Cube takes on Charlie Day in ‘Fist Fight’ teaser trailer

Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in New Line Cinema’s comedy “Fist Fight,” directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Check out the comedy’s newly-released first trailer below.

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

“Fist Fight” also stars Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Dennis Haysbert (“The Unit”), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (“The Astronaut Wives Club”).

Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser (Funny or Die’s “What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell”), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield. Fist Fight” is produced by Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield, John Rickard, and Dan Cohen. Serving as executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Dave Neustadter, Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Marty P. Ewing, Billy Rosenberg, and Bruce Berman.

New Line Cinema presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a 21 Laps/Wrigley Pictures production: “Fist Fight.” Opening across the Philippines on February 22, 2017, the film will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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