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XXX: State of the Union (2005)

XXX: State of the Union | (FROM LEFT) MICHAEL ROOF, ICE CUBE, XZIBIT, AND SCOTT SPEEDMAN
(FROM LEFT) MICHAEL ROOF, ICE CUBE, XZIBIT, AND SCOTT SPEEDMAN

Details Release Date: Apr 29, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 101 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Ice Cube; Distributor: Revolution Films

Another Vin Diesel franchise, another sequel without Vin Diesel. That's right: While the bald guy plays with the preschool set (The Pacifier), rapper-actorproducer Ice Cube steps in as the titular rebel-hero in the followup to the $142 million-grossing hit XXX. So did Diesel's character have an extreme-sports mishap or something? ''In the beginning [of the film], they mention that he's no longer working for the agency,'' explains Ice Cube. ''They're gonna use a new XXX in each movie.'' But whereas Diesel's version aced the giant slalom and saved the world from Eurotrash villains, Ice Cube's incarnation is a streetwise Special Forces officer sprung from military prison to help foil a government coup in Washington, D.C. ''He's a full-blown killing machine,'' notes director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day), who promises a conspiracy thriller plot to complement the daredevil stunts (exploding trains! a 600-foot dive!). Not exactly like his shooting days chillin' at the Barbershop. ''I climbed a [ladder] chain of an aircraft carrier from the ocean to the ship. That's high,'' says Ice Cube. ''I don't know if any [stunts] are fun. Any phobia you got, you're gonna lose it quick.''
Originally posted Feb 08, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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