He was also originally considered to return in 2 Fast 2 Furious, being offered $500,000 to reprise his role (he had previously been offered $15,000 for his role in the first movie). However, according to director John Singleton, he "got too big for himself and was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel and wouldn't return calls". This led to his character being rewritten to Tej Parker, who would be portrayed by Ludacris.
Ja Rule has established a career as an actor. His first film was a buddy movie with Pras, Turn It Up; he appeared in a minor role in The Fast and the Furious. He appeared in several movies including Back in the Day with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier and Half Past Dead as Steven Seagal's co-star. He also starred in the movies The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Assault on Precinct 13. In 2013, he starred in I'm in Love with a Church Girl.