He dons a badge again in the buddy comedy “Ride Along,” opening Friday.
The man born O’Shea Jackson in South Los Angeles 44 years ago plays Detective James, a hardass dragging his prospective brother-in-law (Kevin Hart) with him during a day of crime-fighting in Atlanta.
“I don’t take it too seriously,” says Cube. “Some of my fans think after you do ‘F— tha Police,’” — a song on his group N.W.A.’s 1988 album “Straight Outta Compton” — “you shouldn’t even call the police if you need them. Like, if somebody’s breaking into your house, you handle it like a gangsta.
“But N.W.A is about real life, and movies are just make-believe. ...
I mean, [20 years ago] I was hoping I would [play a cop]. If they gave me a cop’s salary to play one, I wouldn’t do it, though.”
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From left, director Tim Story, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube on the set of “Ride Along”
“To me, stop-and-frisk is just wrong,” Cube says. “It’s hard for cops to prevent crime without violating everybody’s rights. So ... let me keep my rights.
“I’d rather deal with a crook going through my stuff than the government. What’s the difference?”
Ice Cube knows of what he speaks: He has clashed with the law plenty, so he didn’t need to do any research for “Ride Along.”