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Ice Cube Remembers Late John Singleton with 'Boyz n the Hood' Throwback Photo

Claudine Varela
Apr 24, 2020
01:30 A.M.
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Ice Cube remembered John Singleton almost a year after his death by recalling a scene from their film, "Boyz N Tha Hood" that exemplified what a "brilliant" director John was.

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It’s almost a year since the death of director John Singleton and Ice Cube still fondly remembers what a “brilliant” man he was.

The actor who worked with the legendary filmmaker on “Boyz N Tha Hood” tweeted a throwback photo of a scene from the movie which he can never forget.

Ice Cube backstage during a Kenzo x H&M launch event in October 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Ice Cube backstage during a Kenzo x H&M launch event in October 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

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In the photo, he’s seated in a car with co-star Cuba Gooding, Jr., and John stands in front of him appearing to give directions.

Cube recalled that the Crenshaw scene required gunshots. And what John deliberately omitted to tell them was he was going to use real guns. As a result, the rapper wrote, “All reactions were real.” For this, he added,

“John was brilliant. I miss him.”

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The 1991 film which was John’s directorial debut launched his career and made him the youngest person and first African American to be nominated for Best Director in the Academy Awards.

John and Cube first met in 1989 on the set of “The Arsenio Hall Show” where the former was a directing intern.

John Singleton speaking onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in February 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

John Singleton speaking onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in February 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

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THE STORY BEHIND ICE CUBE'S CASTING

Fresh out of the USC film program at 22 years old, John pitched the groundbreaking film which shed light on the gangsta-style killings that were prominent in South Central Los Angeles at the time. He had his eyes set on Cube to play the role of Doughboy, whose character was based on one of John’s childhood friends.

In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2016, the rapper recalled blowing his audition because he wasn’t serious about acting. But even after he failed his audition, John gave him another shot because he knew Cube was perfect for the role.

Ice Cube and John Singleton at the after party of the premiere of "First Sunday" in January 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Ice Cube and John Singleton at the after party of the premiere of "First Sunday" in January 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

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HOW THEY MET

John and Cube first met in 1989 on the set of “The Arsenio Hall Show” where the former was a directing intern. Cube came to hang out on the show and John stepped in when security gave Cube a hard time upon entry. He reminded the guard that Ice Cube was a popular rapper.

It seems that started a friendship that would later be sealed by the casting of Cube in “Boyz N Tha Hood,” the story of which some say should have a movie of its own.

JOHN'S DEATH

John died on April 28 in 2019 due to a mild stroke that rendered him in a coma. His family decided to take him out of life support 11 days after his stroke, realizing he was never going to recover. He was 51 years old.

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