Music mogul Master P has shared his thoughts on the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton and revealed one major issue he had with the flick this week.
In P’s opinion, the box office hit did not fully portray late N.W.A. leader Eazy-E.
“The N.W.A. movie, I really didn’t like Eazy-E’s character. I liked the movie but I knew Eazy-E. He was a real street guy. I know Eazy-E, I know the truth. All that stuff isn’t really how Eazy-E was. [Suge Knight putting his hands on Eazy-E?] Come on man, you couldn’t do Eazy-E like that. Not the Eazy-E I knew. I knew it was going to be repercussions. So you know, a lot of people change their lives and grew up but at the same time, I feel like the Eazy-E character wasn’t all the way portrayed. This guy was on the streets, he’s the one who made the money and put everybody behind him. That’s what I didn’t really feel like was portrayed. … They did their thing, it was a great movie but that’s just my opinion.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Eazy-E’s daughter E.B. Wright recently spoke to SOHH about actor Jason Mitchell playing her father.
“Jason [Mitchell] got a lot of insight from Dre and saw how they all were like brothers. He didn’t really need a lot of family stuff because this film really showed my father’s part in N.W.A. It didn’t really touch up on his personal life. Overall, Jason really studied a lot of YouTube videos and interviews of my dad. He spent a lot of time learning about my father and I don’t think anybody could have done a better job. He was absolutely passed. My father passed when I was four years old and you hear stories so being there I felt like I was watching out for him on the scenes.” (SOHH)
The overnight Straight Outta Compton success flick remained atop its box office competition in week two.
Straight Outta Compton continues to feel the love at the box office in its second weekend, on track to take in another $26 million in North American theaters. Universal’s N.W.A biopic earned a huge $60.2 million in its first outing. Three R-rated films — a horror sequel, a video game adaptation and a stoner action-comedy — are off to slower starts this weekend, and will all debut behind the hit holdover. (The Hollywood Reporter)
After only 3 full days in theaters, the flick managed to debut at number 1 and surpassed its $28 million budget.
“Straight Outta Compton” lifted the box office out of its August funk, debuting at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada with an estimated $56.1 million. The movie posted the biggest August opening ever for an R-rated film, and it has become the No. 1 musical biopic. (Los Angeles Times)