“Boyz N The Hood” is an American classic but Ice Cube needed some serious convincing before joining the film.
The N.W.A. rapper-actor was on Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and in memory of “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton, who passed away in April at 51, told the story of how he was cast in the film.
“I met John backstage at the ‘Arsenio Hall Show’,” Cube said. “I was back there because I had a bone to pick with Arsenio. He didn’t have N.W.A. on his show, but he had 2 Live Crew, and I was like, ‘Wait a minute, their songs are just as dirty as ours, and why are we not on?’
“I never got a chance to talk to Arsenio because I saw this little kid come up to me, who was pretty much my age, saying, ‘You’re Ice Cube. I wanna put you in a movie.'”
Singleton explained that he was a junior at the University of Southern California but Cube still didn’t believe him.
The next year, Cube was at a Public Enemy concert and bumped into Singleton again, who told him he was now a senior at USC and he still wanted to put him in a movie.
At the end of the show, Singleton’s ride had left him, so he asked Cube, “Can you give me a ride to my dorm?”
“What the hell did I get myself into?” Cube joked.
A year later, Cube’s manager told him somebody wanted to put him in a movie, and he goes in for the meeting only to see that it’s Singleton once again, and as Cube said, “The rest is history.”