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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Ice Cube talks '21 Jump Street', N.W.A and Raiders


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Ice Cube appreciates the irony.

After rapping "F--- the Police" while part of the gangsta rap group N.W.A in 1988, Cube is now playing police Capt. Dickson in the reboot of "21 Jump Street," which opens this week.

Cube's Dickson has no tolerance for the antics of police officers Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, who go undercover in a high school in order to bust a drug ring. (We'd show you some of Cube's scenes, but all the words would be bleeped out.)

"I wanted to come in and make an impact," said the 42-year-old Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, who has been acting for 20 years. "I only caught a few episodes of the original series, because I was out running the streets. But I know how to play the role of an angry black man."

Hill co-wrote the movie and personally cast Cube, who has appeared in about 30 movies. "Wouldn't it be cool for Cube, who wrote that first song, to play a police captain? That was a no-brainer for me," Hill said. "Channing and I were just in awe on the set, just staring at him and asking him all these stupid questions."

For Cube, the work isn't done.

After this movie, he's back trying to put together the movie about his former band N.W.A -- the script is ready and they are looking for a director -- and also the fourth installment of his hit movie series "Friday."

And Cube is still trying to figure out his Oakland Raiders.

Let's let him explain:

"Why did they let coach Hue Jackson go? The team was only 8-8. He deserved one more year. We need to shore up our defense. We need better cornerbacks. We have Darren McFadden on offense and what else? I think our play-calling has been a little suspect. On third-and-1, why are we doing a fly route?"

But Cube, who definitely has the millions to buy into the NFL, said he'd rather stay on the sideline than join an ownership group.

"I want to be a fan. It would run my damn blood pressure up having a piece of the team," said Cube, who has loved the Raiders for 20 years. "I'd need a bypass or something. Owning the team would be the only thing I could ever do. And I'm not ready to shut it down. My father always told me, 'Fun ain't fun until the work is done.'"