News

Dr. Dre stopped son from playing him in N.W.A. biopic

Dr. Dre stopped son from playing him in N.W.A. biopic

'STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON:'Dr. Dre didn't want his son to play him in the N.W.A. biopic. Photo: Associated Press

Rap mogul Dr. Dre halted plans for his son to portray him on the big screen in N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” over fears he didn’t have enough acting experience.

F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the California rap group, which included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and their split in 1991.

The cast was announced last week and includes O’Shea Jackson, Jr., playing his father Ice Cube, and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.

Newcomer Marcus Callender landed the role of Dre, but the hip-hop veteran’s aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young reveals he auditioned for the role first.

He says, “I actually tried out for the role, ’cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven’t been acting for a long time, so I’m happy for the guy that got the role. It’s one of those things where we want what’s best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever’s best for the film.”

The biopic is set for release in 2015.

Recent Headlines

14 mins ago in Sports

Zika fears prompt Olympic concerns

Fresh
zika

The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.

15 mins ago in Entertainment

PewDiePie, others set to star in YouTube’s first original shows

Fresh
youtube

YouTube's viral video stars, many of whom have a fan following in the millions, are set to appear in original movies and a show, as the video site attempts to attract users to its paid service.

25 mins ago in Viral Videos

WATCH: Bern Your Enthusiasm

Fresh
22-overlay-4

Despite his friends' best efforts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Larry David) keeps finding ways to upset voters in Iowa.

25 mins ago in Music

David Bowie’s widow Iman breaks silence

Fresh
bowieliveaid

The couple was married for almost 24 years and the rocker left more than $100 million to his wife in his will.

30 mins ago in Entertainment

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ trumps ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Fresh
12-overlay-5

Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.