Rapper Ice Cube’s Son Plays His Dad in “Straight Outta Compton”

In this Sunday, August 2, 2015 photo, Ice Cube left, and son O'Shea Jackson Jr. pose for a portrait in promotion of the new film "Straight Outta Compton," at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old makes his acting debut playing his father in the movie opening Aug. 14. Father and son sat side by side to talk with The Associated Press about bringing Ice Cube to life on screen.  (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

In this Sunday, August 2, 2015 photo, Ice Cube left, and son O’Shea Jackson Jr. pose for a portrait in promotion of the new film “Straight Outta Compton,” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old makes his acting debut playing his father in the movie opening Aug. 14. Father and son sat side by side to talk with The Associated Press about bringing Ice Cube to life on screen. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

Rapper Ice Cube’s Son Plays His Dad in “Straight Outta Compton”

O’Shea Jackson, Jr. was determined to play his father, Ice Cube, in “Straight Outta Compton.” Not only does the 23-year-old look uncannily like his dad, but he’s got the rapper-turned-movie star’s mannerisms and expressions down — something he used to his advantage during the two-year audition process.

“I’d go around frowning for no reason,” Jackson recalls with a warm smile.

Jackson Jr. makes his acting debut in “Straight Outta Compton,” opening Aug. 14. The film captures the rise and rupture of N.W.A., the group credited with starting gangster rap and inspiring warning labels on album covers for its provocative, incendiary lyrics. Founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are among the film’s producers.

Father and son sat side by side to talk with The Associated Press about bringing Ice Cube to life on screen.

The remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity.

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AP: What’s it like seeing your story told by your son?

Ice Cube: I’m proud on a thousand different levels. You always want your kids to step up at the moment of truth, and he did more than step up. He just owned it. I’m just proud of the production. I’m proud of the movie. I’m proud of the group. I have never been this happy for any project that I’ve ever done

AP: Was there anything you didn’t want your son to know about you?

Cube: Seeing my son getting roughed up by the police is not fun. It brings back memories of when I got roughed up by them. He grew up totally different than how I grew up, and to me, he shouldn’t have to go through that. But in a movie like this, and to understand really what we all went through, I’m glad that he did feel the tone of what we went through so he could understand it a lot more. He was able to do it in a controlled environment, and not really have these police put their hands on him, because that would hurt me if they did that for real….

Read full interview HERE