LOTTERY TICKET in theaters from Warner Bros. Pictures. Bow Wow and Ice Cube star in this
family comedy about a winning lottery ticket that turns an entire community upside down.
Since the early 1990s, there have been more than 50 films with rapper/actor/producer Ice Cube attached in some capacity –from lead actor to executive producer– and soundtrack credits are too among the list. Dare we forget to mention his television ventures, among them, the new TBS comedy, Are We There Yet?, just signed for another 90 episodes.
Ice Cube (Boyz ‘n the Hood, Friday, Barbershop I and II, Anaconda), who once projected a rebellious-natured persona is now packaging family-friendly fare and his latest offering is LOTTERY TICKET headed to theaters this weekend.
In LOTTERY TICKET, Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over a three-day holiday weekend before he can claim his prize.
Supporting cast include Kevin’s excitable grandmother (Loretta Devine), his trifling cousin Semaj (Charlie Murphy) best friends Benny (Brandon T. Jackson) and Stacie (Naturi Naughton), Sweet Tea, the neighborhood Godfather (Keith David) and his flunky driver Jimmy (Terry Crews), the resident slick preacher Reverend Taylor (Mike Epps) and Ice Cube as Mr. Washington, the community sage.
I sat down with “Cube” in Los Angeles to talk about this current movie and the career he has forged in virtually every entertainment arena —
Sandra Varner (Talk2SV): Essentially, you have worn every hat in this business; I counted them, over fifty films that you either have a credit as a person on the sound track, executive producer, director, actor or in some other key role. Is there a sweet spot for you?
Ice Cube: I love producing because you get a chance to pick the ingredients. Let’s say you’re preparing a meal, you hire a cook but you get a chance to go and buy all the groceries and tell him how to pull it together. It just feels right. It feels like movie making to me. You’re just stuck in one position if you’re a writer. You probably feel fulfilled until its time for them to shoot the movie and then they go off and shoot it and it’s pretty much the director’s movie from there, in a way. So, as an actor, you are just kind of part of the team, you know. If you don’t have any influence on the set or as a producer then people are just basically telling you what to do and how to do it. As a director, you’re so tethered to that project that you can’t do anything else, you know what I mean? You’re just stuck on this one thing. But, as a producer, I can get a project started, get it going, get the right team, then I can have another project going, get the right team on it and it’s more or less just putting these shows together and that’s fun.
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