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Ice Cube recalls early meetings with Boyz n The Hood director John Singleton

Singleton died in April at the age of 51, nearly two weeks after suffering a stroke.

Ice Cube has revealed how meetings with a university-aged John Singleton led to his starring in classic film Boyz n The Hood (Ian West/PA)
Ice Cube has revealed how meetings with a university-aged John Singleton led to his starring in classic film Boyz n The Hood (Ian West/PA)

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

Ice Cube has revealed how meetings with a university-aged John Singleton led to him starring in classic film Boyz n The Hood.

The former NWA rapper earned his first major film role with the 1991 drama, a gritty look at life for African Americans in South Central Los Angeles.

Singleton, who died in April aged 51, earned two Oscar nominations for Boyz n The Hood,  his directorial debut.

Ice Cube revealed Singleton, a fan of his music, first approached him while he was still in film school.

Speaking on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he said: “He came up to me and said, ‘when I graduate I’m going to put you in a movie’.

“He ran up to me at a concert a year later and was like ‘remember me? I’m still going to put you in this movie’.

“My manager came a year later and said ‘someone wants to put you in a movie’. When I read the script, I was like ‘this is a hell of a movie, Boyz n The Hood’.”

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Ice Cube has recalled how a meeting with a then-student John Singleton led to his Boyz n Da Hood role (Ian West/PA)

Boyz N The Hood was based on Singleton’s upbringing and shot in his old neighbourhood.

It starred Cuba Gooding Jr as a rebellious teen whose single mother sends him to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles.

Singleton, 24 at the time, earned Oscar nominations for best original screenplay and best director.

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Late director John Singleton, left, made history with his best director Oscar nomination for Boyz n Da Hood (Ian West/PA)

For the latter he was the first African American and youngest person to be nominated.

Following his death in April, almost two weeks after suffering a stroke, figures from politics and the entertainment industry paid tribute.

Former US president Barack Obama said he “opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored”.

Singleton’s other films included Poetic Justice, Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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