N.W.A, both the actual founding members (well, two of them at least) and their on-screen counterparts, grace the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The industry trade spoke with all 4 surviving members of the group about the new biopic Straight Outta Compton, the long road they took to get it greenlit and the murder charge Suge Knight picked up during the filming of a promo clip in Compton.
Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, both integral members of the group and hands-on producers of the film, opened up about the multiple incarnations of the script and the early struggles to get the notoriously wary Hollywood establishment on board with such a controversial story. Writer Tatiana Siegel also spoke with Cube’s son (who plays him in the film) about filling his famous father’s shoes, and director F.Gary Gray on how he got inside the minds of the group members.
On the Suge incident, after explaining that he wasn’t on set at the time, Dre offers:
“I heard about it over the phone. Everybody was supportive everywhere we went, and we didn’t have one issue throughout the entire filming of the movie. It’s crazy that this happened during the f—ing filming of the commercial.”
“It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” says Dre. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”
Read the full profile here and catch Straight Outta Compton in theaters on August 14th.