Ice Cube & O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Share Powerful Father-Son Moments in 1-on-1 Conversation (Video)
O’Shea Jackson, Jr. had perhaps the biggest shoes to fill of all of his co-stars in his role in Straight Outta Compton . The son of N.W.A.’s Ice Cube, Jackson, Jr. has been earning rave reviews for his portrayal of his father, putting to rest any remaining talk there may be about nepotism in the casting of the role. The father-son duo has undoubtedly experienced something few others can relate to, and while onlookers can only imagine what kinds of sentiments are brought forth when undertaking such a monumental effort as asking a son to portray an iconic contributor to history who just happens to be his father, some insight has been shared thanks to the latest installment of Noisey’s “Back and Forth” segment.
In the nearly 6-minute clip, Ice Cube and Jackson, Jr. discuss various topics related to the film-making process, but in a very informal, heart-to-heart fashion. The questions are not fed to them by an interviewer; rather, son and father ask them of each other. Cube and his son touch upon a host of concepts, including the latter’s sense of justifiable nervousness when officially hired for the role, which it seems he had no choice to avoid since Cube shares that he could never have imagined anyone else in the role. “I didn’t think nobody could really capture all the essence of Ice Cube,” and he goes on to admit that his major concern was whether or not his son would even want to take on the responsibility of the role.
In a particularly moving part of the conversation, Jackson, Jr. asks his dad which scene from the film was hardest for him to watch. “I hate to see the scene where, you know, Eazy hears the news that he contracted HIV. It’s just hard. It’s rough. It’s sad. It’s the beginning of the end.” Other details of the conversation include Cube’s experience seeing Boyz N the Hood for the first time, Jackson, Jr.’s thoughts on his next acting gig, Cube’s favorite part of the movie, and more. Check it out.