Interview: Ice Cube on "Lottery Ticket" and "I Am the West"
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:11:12
In Lottery Ticket, Ice Cube goes back to the hood but he does it with an important purpose.
Playing a former boxer named Mr. Washington, he looks out for Bow Wow's Kevin Carson during one of the most intense and trying times of Kevin's life—the three days before he redeems a winning lottery ticket. Kevin encounters all kinds of hilarious temptations and hangers-on, but Mr. Washington's the one that sets him straight about how to continue to act right in the face of his newfound wealth and friends.
"It was totally different," Cube says about Mr. Washington.
It also shows how much range Cube has as an actor. He can do the funny stuff, but he plays a pensive father figure personally and with a lot of heart in tact.
Ice Cube sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Lottery Ticket. Cube talks about the first song he'd listen to if he won the lottery, making Mr. Washington and why his new album, I Am the West will remind you of Californication.
Watch the interview below! The film hits theaters Friday August 20, don't miss it!
Do you feel like this movie is more about realizing who your friends are than winning lottery?
I think so! It's more about understanding who's with you, and you should really find that out before you win the lottery because if you don't know that before you become successful and so-called "win" in this world, then you'll be lost and you'll question those who really love you. You'll lump them in with those who want to use you.
What's the first song you'd listen to if you won the lottery?
"I Feel Good" by James Brown. Oh yeah, that's the first song. That's got to be on twelve, man. I might sing that myself and jump on the roof [Laughs]. You can feel it!
Do you listen to music to get into character?
Sometimes! When I know I've got to do a part where I'm sad, I'll listen to slow songs all day and try to make a terrible mood for myself and make everything drab. I think it helps. I'm not a method actor, but I do have techniques to try get myself in the right headspace.
What are you listening to right now?
I'm working on a record right now so I'm just listening to me. I'm listening to the records I've done as far as what I'm putting on this new album and trying to figure out how to make them better before I turn the album in. When I'm working a record, I don't listen to anybody because I don't want to be influenced. I Am the West will be out September 28th. It's dope.
Does Mr. Washington show another side of your personality?
Yeah, this is my father, this is my uncle, this is one of the people that pulled me aside and told me, "Hey man, you aren't doing the right thing." I wanted to pay homage to them and people like Mr. Washington in all the neighborhoods through the country who are the surrogate fathers for some of these kids who don't have male figures to look up to.
Does the movie remind you of any songs?
"It Was A Good Day!" [Laughs] It's just a feel good movie. It's a laugh out loud movie. It's a movie where you walk away feeling better about things.
If I Am the West were a movie what would it be?
I'd compare it to the show Californication because it's such an orgasm of good stuff [Laughs]. It's a California boy, California rhymes, and that's it.
The movie balances comedy and drama very seamlessly.
That makes it real life. That makes it more than a spoof movie. It's a movie about real people going through real things. Everybody can relate to all these characters.
Will you be seeing Lottery Ticket on August 20?