Ice Cube defends decision to play police officer
Ice Cube - who was catapulted to the spotlight with N.W.A whose 1988 track 'F**k tha Police' sparked controversy - has defended taking on police officer roles in Hollywood
Ice Cube has defended his decision to take on police officer roles in Hollywood.
The rapper turned actor - whose 1988 track 'F**k Tha Police' with N.W.A sparked controversy on release - insists he doesn't "have a problem" playing an officer on the big screen since the movie industry is "obsessed" with cop stories.
Ice Cube - real name is O'Shea Jackson - told Collider.com: "Hollywood is obsessed with police stories. If you're an actor in Hollywood and been doing it over 25 years, like myself, it's going to happen. As long as it's acting, I don't have a problem. I become a real cop, then give me a call."
Although the 44-year-old star has played a number of on-screen law enforcers, he admitted to being "blown away" by the success of his latest movie 'Ride Along' - in which is plays the hot-tempered officer James Payton - when it crossed the $100 million barrier at the US Box Office.
Ice Cube said: "At the time it had crossed that number, I kind of knew that the momentum would take it over that. We were just blown away by the first weekend, having that number. A number in the forties when predictions were high twenties for some people. That number right there is the number that really kind of had me on cloud nine the most."