Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic coming to us courtesy of producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre and director F. Gary Gary, is looking like it’s going to be a great biopic. The jury’s still out on whether or not it will be a wholly accurate biopic, according to former manager Jerry Heller.
Heller, who’s being portrayed in the film by Paul Giamatti, sat down with the Murder Master Music Show to talk about the upcoming flick and has a unique stance on the final product:
I haven’t seen anything yet. I am waiting until the movie comes out, and I will be there in the front row with my lawyer and looking to make sure it is an accurate movie. They didn’t reach out to me at all to give any kind of advice, insight, or background, so it’s hard for me to believe that they got it right…
I didn’t expect them to [consult with me], because that’s the way that they are. I certainly thought that Universal, Warner Bros,or one of their companies would insist on it. I am really shocked that, even though they didn’t reach out, somebody didn’t reach out.
Check out some of the gems from the interview below and listen to it in full above.
Whether Giamatti contacted him or not:
“I am sure that somebody told him not to do it. I am sure they told him to stay away. They can’t write me out of it, but they can sure re-write it. If it is accurate then I’m a fan like everybody else. If it’s not accurate, I’m not going to sit back and let them say whatever they want.
His relationship with Ice Cube/Dr. Dre:
“I have never seen Cube anywhere since the day he left Ruthless. I never saw him anywhere – at a Laker game or a Dodger game. I never saw him again. I’ve seen Dre a couple of times. His mother lives a few streets away, so I see her all the time. I used to see him once in awhile. We were always pleasant to each other. I’d run into him at the gas station or whatever. We always tried to be pleasant and superficial whenever I saw him. I got nothing against Dre. I think Dre is the most talented guy of the entire rap era.”
On Eazy-E’s desire to kill Suge Knight:
“I think that Suge Knight is an evil human being, and I always said when Suge Knight started to get involved—Cause he was a bodyguard at Ruthless. He drove Dre around sometimes. Usually he was with The D.O.C. Who I feel was probably the greatest, pure rapper. He and Rakim were the greatest pure rappers that I ever heard. But he was a bad guy. He was a bad guy then and he’s a worse guy now. The guy is lucky. And I think that like they say in Vegas to OJ Simpson, ‘It’s payback time’… Eric (Eazy-E) knew he was a problem from the beginning and that was that meeting when I talked him out of doing what he felt that he wanted to do. And if you know Eric, he was very firm in his ideas. And actually as it turned out that he was right and I was wrong.”