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‘They’re Just Gone Have Me the L.A. Gangbanger … Every D–n Movie’: Ice Cube Opens Up About Passing on the Lead Role to ‘Menace to Society’ After Acting in ‘Boyz N The Hood’

O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson rose to fame in the entertainment industry in the late 1980s as a member and writer for the popular hip-hop group NWA. Despite NWA’s success, Jackson ultimately left the group in 1989, reportedly over a financial dispute with the group’s manager.

After Jackson’s departure, he would make his acting debut in 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood.” The film — which also starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Lawrence Fishburne and others — followed three Black men as they navigated life in the ghetto in Los Angeles, California. Jackson portrayed the role of a gang member named Doughboy.

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In an interview with the “On the Guest List” podcast last month, Jackson opened up about how he was able to transition into acting.

While describing his encounter with “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton, Jackson said at mark 16:54 of the interview, “It’a all based on creativity. You know I love to create at a high level. Music is creating at a high level, when you are putting out records. Doing movies is creating at a high level, so it’s really about my creative juices and what I want to creatively be a part of or produce or create.”

The 53-year-old continued, “That’s where it all starts from; that where the diversity comes from. At first, I just wanted to be the best rapper in the world, you know, I was satisfied with that. And I met John Singleton in 1989, and he pursued me. I met him in 1988 actually and he pursued me for many years to do ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and so I did it and great experience.”

Further in the discussion, Jackson mentioned that his creative juices in film began flowing following the positive reception that “Boyz n the Hood” received. He said, “That just got my movie juices going. I had acted in a few movies, but I never found a script as good as ‘Boyz n the Hood.’ “

Toward the end of the interview, Jackson disclosed the regrets he made early on in his acting career. One of them included passing on the role of O-Dog in “Menace to Society.” He said he declined the offer because of his prior role as a gang member in “Boyz n the Hood” and the fear of being typecast.

On mark 38:18, while praising Larenz Tate for his performance as O-Dog, he said, “I had a shot to do O-Dog. Even though I think Larenz Tate killed it. I just didn’t want to be typecast. You know what I mean. I was like I just did ‘Boyz n the Hood.’ They’re just gon’ have me the L.A. gangbanger, you know, every d–n movie. That was like the second movie I got offered so I was like ‘Nah, I don’t want to play that.’ “

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