Q&A: Ice Cube, Cast Talk “Straight Outta Compton”, Another “Friday?”
The upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, offers us a behind scenes look at the rise of hip-hop's "Most Dangerous Group." It follows the journey of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the rest of the group, as they record the controversial "F*ck Tha Police" and their eventual break-up.
We had a chance to chat with Ice Cube, DJ Yella and some of the cast about the making of Straight Outta Compton, which hits theaters August 14.
O'Shea played his father, we know Dre as a perfectionist in the studio. With somebody taking on his life, how did he feel it?
Corey Hawkins: (On the first time meeting Dre) At the end of the dinner, he brought out his phone and started passing it around the table. I felt kind of left out because I didn't know what it was at first, but it was my audition tape. At the end of the day, he pulled me to the side and said, "You the man for the job. You got this role, don't worry about mimicking me or impersonating me... I'm just interested in you catching the essence we stood for."
With Eazy, Jason, you didn't really have anybody there to help guide you on portraying him, how did you prepare?
Jason Mitchell: I had so many people there who helped me hit the mark and they grew up around him and guided me a lot. It's a great privilege to humanize somebody not everybody has met.
Were there any scenes that were difficult to relive?
DJ Yella: The scene with Eazy laying in that hospital bed, throughout the set, it felt like everybody had just lost somebody. A lot of us couldn't be there to watch it.
O'Shea, Jr. portrayed you in such a great way, what do you think of his performance?
Ice Cube: Just 'cause he's my son doesn't mean he got it easy. We made him go through the wringer just to get the part of playing his dad. In the end, I almost forgot it wasn't me in there.
Some great guest appearances, Snoop Dogg and Tupac, were in there anybody else you wanted in?
Ice Cube: Not really, there's only so much time we had to fit a lapse of about 10 years into. Would've been nice to feature Daz, Kurupt and Nate Dogg, but the focus was all on N.W.A.
"Bye Felicia" was a pleasant surprise. How do you feel on the popularity it's gotten?
Ice Cube: (Laughing) It's awesome man. At the time of filming Friday, it was just a throwaway line. We never thought twice about it, but I hear it everywhere now. To me, Friday seems like a necessity to watch and it's good to see it's still make revelations today.
There's at least four Fridays in a month, are we getting another?
Ice Cube: We want that too. It's hard because there's a bunch of people we want to put in it, as much as bring back. Everybody is doing their own things too, so it's a bit hard to get together. It's going to happen sooner or later.