With a film that spent three weeks at number one, broke multiple records, and became the highest grossing music biopic of all time, director F. Gary Gray was not expecting the amount of attention the film received. “I didn’t expect it to blow up the way it did. You just work hard, not think about the awards, and just tell the truth”, says veteran director.
Last weekend at the Hollywood Film Awards, the film, Straight Outta Compton, was honored for best ensemble cast. The films’ stars, O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Mitchell (Dr.Dre), and Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), attended the ceremony to accept their award. In regards to the casting, F. Gary Grey thought it was important to cast unknown actors, “It was important for me to cast unknown actors because i wanted there to be no gimmicks, and no cameos to distract from the story and they all did an amazing job”.
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