14 Things We Learned About ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Studios

F. Gary Gray, the filmmaker behind new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, also directed 1995’s Friday, as well as the videos for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube’s “Natural Born Killaz” and Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.” He grew up in South Central L.A., and has been friendly with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube for nearly 20 years. It’s hard to imagine anyone better suited for the Compton job — except maybe Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton, who was also a contender. But even Gray had real concerns about getting the story right. “I knew this was gonna be the most challenging film ever,” says Gray, 46. “And that if I didn’t nail it, it could be a career-ender. At every turn, there were multiple challenges that were daunting, from the start until the end. And I’m glad I did it. It was, no question, the most important movie I’ve ever done. But the execution had to be right in so many ways.”

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