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‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’ Director F. Gary Gray Discusses Preparing The Cast To Play Their ICONIC Roles

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This past weekend, the stars of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Executive Producer Ice Cube, Director F. Gary Gray, and legendary N.W.A member DJ Yella held a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss the making of the film.

Gary Gray tasked the cast with not only portraying their character on screen, but essentially becoming these legendary artists:

“I just filled him [O’Shea Jackson, Jr.] up with ammunition. He would have everything he needed to understand how I felt during that time,” said Ice Cube on his son’s portrayal of him in the film.

Gary Gray touched on the intense amount of work the cast had to go through to become the legendary members of N.W.A. The talented Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the film, talked to how this experience is the job of a lifetime and how happy he is to bring life to the fallen gangsta rap icon:

“The second to last week of shooting was called the Eazy week. By that time, we had built up a brotherhood so strong, that when they saw me laying in that [hospital] bed, they weren’t seeing Eazy, they were seeing Jason,” said Jason Mitchell on the bond the cast shares.

The cast has developed a brotherhood that translates on screen as we journey through the years of N.W.A Make sure to catch STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON in theaters August 14th!

PHOTO: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Big Sean, Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray And The Cast Of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Host Private Screening In Detroit

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In 1980’s California, a group of young men (O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) formed the hip-hop group N.W.A and revolutionized music and pop culture with brutally honest songs about life in the ‘hood.

Last night, July 22, 2015 Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, Big Sean, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell hosted a private screening of the Universal Pictures’ film STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.

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N.W.A and the cast of ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’ cover The Hollywood Reporter

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Cast and original members of N.W.A cover The Hollywood Reporter to discuss their HIGHLY anticipated biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, break their silence on Suge Knight and a reunion tour with Eminem and more.

“It’s crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago,” says Dre of N.W.A’s provocative songs about inner-city life. “And now, it’s just like, ‘OK, we understand.’ This movie will keep shining a light on the problem, especially because of all the situations that are happening in Ferguson and here in Los Angeles. It’s definitely going to keep this situation in people’s minds and make sure that everyone out there knows that this is a problem that keeps happening still today.”

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“It was always about free speech, being able to express yourself, whether people like it or not,” recalls Cube of N.W.A’s early raps (the group made four albums before they broke up in 1991). “That’s the great thing about being in this country, is to be able to speak your mind and not be censored.”

Check out the full interview and BTS clip below:

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON releases in theaters August 14, 2015

Check out the full article over at The Hollywood Reporter HERE.

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Straight Outta Compton: Meet The Cast of The Upcoming N.W.A Biopic and Watch The New Trailer

 

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Straight Outta Compton is generating a lot of buzz since it’s initial announce and teaser trailer arrived. Now MTV has unveiled the official character posters as well as a new trailer for the upcoming biopic.