Ice Cube Talks “Ride Along” and “Friday” Sequels, Battling “Chocolate Droppa”
Style Magazine Newswire | 5/6/2014, 1:58 p.m. | Updated on 5/6/2014, 1:58 p.m.
NWA co-founder Ice Cube still has plenty of attitude, but nowadays he saves most it for the cameras. When he’s not terrorizing cans of beer or keeping bad ass kids in check, he’s on your big screen chasing down the criminal elements he used to rap about. In January of this year his latest movie “Ride Along” broke box office records for a debut in that month with a $41 Million weekend gross. Thanks to stand-out performances by Cube and co-star Kevin Hart word of mouth helped the film hold the number one spot at the US Box office for three weeks and has earned an impressive $149 Million worldwide.
Produced by Will “Power” Packer and directed by Tim Story, “Ride Along” tells the story of a fast-talking security guard named Ben (Kevin Hart) who wants to propose to his girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter). But her brother James (Ice Cube) doesn’t approve of the relationship. Making things even worse, Ben wants to be a cop and James is a detective with the APD. Convinced that Ben is not fit for a badge or his sister, James decides to take Ben out on a ride along hoping to scare him off, but things don’t quite work out as planned.
TUD: You broke records with the opening box office of the film. Everyone expects to do well but were you surprised by how well?
Ice Cube: Pleasantly surprised, but not because I didn’t think we had a project that could do that. Universal really put their foot in it. They didn’t hold back with promoting the movie across the board to women, all ages, all races. When I do a movie it’s [usually] hard to get that kind of backing from a studio. They don’t always see it like we see it. [But] It showed in the results so I hope it’s a lesson to other studios that they really need to know what they got and put their foot behind the promotion.
Thanks to that success they’ve green lit a sequel for 2016. What can you tell us about “Ride along 2″? Will you have input on the script?
Oh yeah, definitely. It’s gonna be funny. That’s really our job to make it funny and make sure the action is satisfying and larger than life. That’s what we doing.
Your car got blown up at the end of this one. What’s your next ride gonna be?
We’ll see. Something sweet. It’s really about what deals we make with these companies. It’s a hair more complicated than just picking out the flyest care I want [laughs].
I remember interviewing you for “The Source Power 30″ years ago and you were getting ready to do “XXX.” I asked you what your car would be and you said it’ll be something cooler than a GTO. But…
Yeah, I know. The damn director stuck me with that GTO.
What was your first car?
My first car was a ’69 VW bug. My pops bought it for me for graduation. I loved that thing, too. It was battleship grey…