Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA recently shared his thoughts on last summer’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton box office hit and talked about an upcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard movie.
In RZA’s opinion, N.W.A.’s flick has helped pave the way for hip-hop’s mainstream presence in Hollywood.
“Straight Outta Compton showed that hip-hop is a marketplace in cinema,” says the producer. “I always believed that the art we was creating was audio-visual, and it was headed towards visual-audio. And that’s why you see me in this world — my own heart drove me here — and I’m glad that a movie like that breaks out and does such numbers that it’s almost undeniable. It showed that with the proper team and marketing, many of us out here who grew up on this music would love to see the inside makings of those stories.” (Rolling Stone)
Bobby Digital also discussed a possible biopic of late Wu member Ol’ Dirty Bastard coming out.
“I wouldn’t mind not doing it and I wouldn’t mind doing it,” he admits. “From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels. There are very few people who know the real him as much as me. So it would be something that I would be honored to do, but there’s a lot of moving parts to it. If those moving parts don’t go in sync with me, I’ll still be on it just to see it happen, talk to whoever’s doing it and give them my interviews or whatever they need to help make this story as great as possible.” (Rolling Stone)
A few days ago, rapper/actor Ice Cube talked about his Straight Outta Compton box office smash not receiving a Best Picture nomination this week.
“I’m not pissed. I’m not surprised. It’s the Oscars, they do what they do,” Cube said. “The people loved the movie, the people supported the movie, it was No. 1 at the box office, over $200 million worldwide. I can’t be mad, you know.” (“Wendy Williams”)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overlooked the summer 2015 blockbuster when it announced its Best Picture nominees this week.
It’s amazing … not only did the movie get overlooked for best pic, only 8 movies were nominated and there could have been 10, but clearly they didn’t think the biopic passed muster. The Academy was under a microscope for this one … a lot of people thought this would clearly show if they were bias against black movies. (TMZ)