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)