Ice Cube is eagerly anticipating unsheathing his edge as an actor later this summer, when he goes before the cameras with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in “Rampart” – Oren Moverman’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel about L.A.P.D. corruption in the early ‘90s.
“I’ve been looking for these kinds of roles,” says the multi-talented rap star, producer, director, writer and cuddly “Are We There Yet” movie lead. “I’ve been doing comedies and family kind of deals lately, and I’ve been looking for dramas. As an actor, I’m really looking forward to being part of a heavy story.”
Heavy it will be. What makes it all the more interesting is the fact Cube will be playing a homicide detective who is on the trail of a dirty cop (Harrelson). It’s an ironic turn for a guy who rose to fame with gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. and their “Straight Outta Compton” first album that contained such cuts as “F— tha Police.”
“The Rampart division was tough and grimy too. This is stuff we’ve been growing up with since the 80s, my brother since the 70s – what we’ve been seeing for decades. We know it’s there. It’s like a pimple,” he tells us. “Some of these guys were vets straight off the battlefield and into the police department. That’s the caliber. There’s a wolf mentality in a lot of ways.”