Cool as Ice (Universal, 1991)
Cool as Ice was a 1991 American romantic musical comedy that starred — in his feature film debut — rapper Vanilla Ice. Ice was Johnny Van Owen, a motorcycle riding rapper who blows into town and meets Kathy (Kristen Minter) and falls for her. A sub plot is Kathy’s father (Michael Gross) is in witness protection and gets found by the corrupt police officers he escaped from years ago. (Was that to show Ice’s range?) Whatever. The film was horrendous and a huge flop. Produced for $6 million, it only brought in $1.2 million. Cool as Ice was nominated for 11 Razzie Awards and won Vanilla Ice the Worst New Star award. Minter was also nominated for the same award. Now for some trivia. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally offered the role but her father forbade her from accepting it, fearing it would hurt her career. How about one more piece of trivia? Cool as Ice was directed by David Kellogg (also responsible for the film Inspector Gadget and Michael Jackson’s music video for his song Jam among many others) who later disowned the film.