The movie follows the story of the N.W.A as they emerge from Compton in the 80’s and revolutionise the music business with their new brand of Hip Hop. To audition for the role Doc had to get fully into the character of Ice Cube in a number of different ways.
“They asked me to do a couple of scenes, one was an argument with Jerry Heller, the ill fated manager. The other one was a scene with him and he Eazy-E talking about the formation of the band.”
“From the start I thought I’m never getting this, I’m too light skinned, I don’t look mean enough. Ice Cube has got a line across the top of his nose, it never comes out, that crease is just there for life. The more I held it, I was getting a headache. I also had to prove I could rap as well, so I did his verse from ‘Straight Outta Compton’.”
It wasn’t just the facial features Doc had to grips with, the West Coast accent was one that proved to be a hard one to crack for the comedian. “It was really fucking hard. I worked at it because the LA dudes are so different to New Yorkers, it’s a lot easier to do East Coast. The LA guys, they’ve got a hard ‘r’, which I can’t master. They’ve got a little farmer thing going on, I’ve always struggled with the Somerset accent as well. I didn’t expect to get that role but I did get invited to the premier.”