Jerry Heller Weighs In On “Straight Outta Compton” Inaccuracies
The consensus is: the Straight Outta Compton movie was awesome. However, not everyone agrees it was very accurate... especially those who were present at the time period in the movie.
Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller, who was portrayed by actor Paul Giamatti in the film, recently addressed a few of the scenes in the film that he felt completely missed the target, in an interview with Murder Master Music Show.
In one scene, Eazy-E gets emotional while driving past a billboard for Dr. Dre's The Chronic. Jerry says this would've never happened. "Eazy was a hard motherf*cker. Of course, he would never ever cry," he said.
Also in the movie, Eazy has to resort to selling weed and is forced to sell his house, while Dr. Dre was enjoying success with The Chronic and Death Row Records. According to Heller, Eazy never went broke, especially after Dre left Ruthless Records.... because he actually made money off Dre's work, including The Chronic.
"I made the Dr. Dre deal with Jimmy," Heller explained. "Jimmy called and said, 'I don't think that Dre will ever record for your company again.' We had been trying to make things right and his people just wouldn't allow it and I said to Eazy, 'You know, Jimmy's probably right and if we were gonna make a deal for his futures, we might as well do it with someone like Jimmy who we know will pay us.' "
Finally, he said the scene in which Eazy-E gets beat up by Suge Knight is inaccurate.
"First of all Eazy would have never gone to that studio if Suge had called," Heller says. "He would never go there at 3:30 in the morning if Suge woulda called him. There is only one guy that could have gotten him over to that studio and we all know who that is. That was ridiculous. They never touched him. There were four guys there dressed in black with lead pipes. He called me the next morning. He was embarrassed because he had let that happen to put himself in that position. He believed that he was going there to see somebody else. He called me and told me and we dealt with it."