Ice Cube Discusses Being Discovered By John Singleton

Ice Cube made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and he revealed how the late John Singleton discovered him. Fallon asked the rapper/actor, [“Jimmy: Did you always think you were going to be an actor as well or no? No, no. I never even thought about it at first you know, it’s like John singleton, rest in peace. Jimmy: Absolutely. Yeah, yeah, he — Jimmy: Love John Singleton. Give it up for my man he discovered me, for real you — I had no idea he – From what though from – Yeah, he was an intern at ‘The Arsenio Hall Show.’ And he came up to me I was backstage. And he came up to me he’s like, ‘You ice cube?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah. He’s like, ‘I’m going to put you in a movie.’ I’m like, ‘All right man, okay.’”] SOUNDCUE (:35 OC . . . right man, okay)

Cube continued, [“‘Cause I’m not even an actor you know what I mean he’s like, “I’m not even a I’m a junior at usc. And when I graduate, I’m going to put you in a movie. I said, ‘Okay, dude.’ So forgot about John he ran up to me at a public enemy concert. He was like, ‘Remember me? It’s like — yeah, I said, Yeah, I remember you. He’s like, ‘Yeah, man. I’m a senior now at USC.’ I’m going to still put you in this movie. Jimmy: Wow. And we talk so long at that point that his ride left him and I had to give him a ride – To USC to his dorm.”] SOUNDCUE (:36 OC . . . to his dorm)

He then said, [“I’m like, “Man, this dude done turned into a nuisance. You know what I’m saying. Jimmy: You’re a nice dude. I mean I couldn’t leave Jimmy: I can’t believe he had the guts to ask ice cube to take – I couldn’t leave him out 2:00 in the morning, you know, outside a club so I didn’t pay no attention to him. And my manager came about a year later and was like, ‘Someone want to put you in a movie.’ I’m like, ‘Get out of here I’m not an actor I’m not an actor why are these people trying to put me in this movie?’”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC . . . in this movie? 

He went on to say, [“So when I — I didn’t really take it serious. Make a long story short. I didn’t take it serious threw the script in my backseat. Jimmy: Yeah. Went to this audition and it was him sitting there. He’s like ‘I told you.’ Jimmy: Do I need to drop you off somewhere else. I’m like “It’s you. He’s like, ‘Yeah.’ So he said, ‘You ready?’ I did the audition and I sucked I was terrible totally terrible. Jimmy: Awful. And he said, ‘Did you read my script?’ I’m like, ‘Nope.’”] SOUNDCUE (:32 OC . . . I’m like, nope)

Cube added, [“He’s like, “Man, I’m going to give you one more chance. Because you were terrible. And go read my script. Come back tomorrow if you’re good, I’ll get you a a movie. If not, we’re gonna have to move on. So when I read the script, I was like, “Oh, damn this is a — this is like a hell of a movie, ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ and so — the rest is history.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC . . . rest is history)