Ice Cube visited Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show and discussed the critical acclaim for yet Oscars snub of “Straight Outta Compton” as well as the upcoming Atlanta-filmed “Barbershop 3.”
“Compton” was nominated for best original screenplay (“Spotlight” won) but didn’t draw a best-picture nod or any best acting nominations. Cube isn’t mad about it.
“I was so proud of my son and so proud of us to get that movie done – I wasn’t worried about no Oscars, to be honest,” he said. “The fans loved the movie, people loved the movie all over the world. To me that’s what it was about. It wasn’t about the Oscar.”
Atlanta had lots of love for the movie, about the early days of the rap group N.W.A. Atlantic Station was tops in box office sales in the entire country during its debut weekend.
“It’s an important movie. It’s a great movie,” Ellen said. She asked what it was like to get the band back together, so to speak.
“We were always cool but to get a chance to work together again after so many years .. it was just great to be around those dudes for three or four months and put this together,” Cube said.
On to “Barbershop 3,” which is set in Chicago but was filmed here. It’s due out April 15.
“We wanted to have a real reason” to make a third in the “Barbershop” series, Cube said. That reason was “the situation in Chicago. Everyone knows what’s going on in the streets. We felt like we have a great universal story of a father trying to keep his son off the streets and out of trouble.”