The show runner behind ‘Luke Cage’ reveals a plot twist that he laid out specifically for Prince….
One of the most memorable scenes during the first episode of ‘Luke Cage’ is neighborhood barbershop owner Pop fining any of his customers or employees for swearing inside his establishment. Time after time when a bad words slips past someone’s lips, they are told to deposit a dollar into the swear jar.
It turns out that swear jar had a much deeper meaning to the show than just a prop for the barbershop.
‘Luke Cage’ show runner Cheo Hodari Coker revealed on Wednesday that the swear jar was specifically placed in the series as a tribute to Prince and he hoped to use those scenes to entice the famous singer to appear on the show in the final episode of the season.
The "Swear Jar" was for Prince. I was going to show him the first two episodes and convince him to play in episode 13.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) October 5, 2016
For those who don’t know, Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness and didn’t enjoy cursing at all. Director Kevin Smith told a story about his interaction with Prince several years ago where he learned that very fact during one of their initial conversations.
“I’m thinking I could talk smack to this dude but he doesn’t want to hear the language,” Smith revealed when speaking about Prince in his 2002 film ‘An Evening with Kevin Smith’.
Sadly, Prince passed away earlier this year at the age of 57 and he never got the chance to see ‘Luke Cage’. Something tells me his royal badness would have enjoyed it though.