N.W.A’s highly anticipated forthcoming biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” has received a lot of attention in recent weeks from the film’s controversial casting process to rumors of Eazy-E’s son, Eric Wright Jr., anger after not being able to portray his father in the film.
Earlier this week during a phone interview with Colorado radio station, KS 107.5, Ice Cube explained why he and his co-producers decided to choose actor Jason Mitchell instead of Wright, Jr.
“He’s an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life,” Cube admitted. “He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn’t use just anybody. We gave him a shot, and it just didn’t work out.”
Lil Eazy has since dismissed the rumors and offered his support to Mitchell, who will be starring as the late rapper.
Check out more of Ice Cube’s radio interview in the clip above.