Series 18, Episode 15 - David Attenborough, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Elle King
Ice Cube, talking about the Oscars and asked if he is going, says "You can't boycott something you never went to anyway." And asked where he stands on the controversy surrounding this year's awards, he says, "I look at it like a horse race; once your horse loses the race you tear up your ticket and back out. It isn't something to put your energy into. We don't do movies for the industry we do movies for the fans. If the industry gives you a trophy or a pat on the back it's nice but it's not something you should dwell on. It might sting at first when you don't win but let it go and move on, keep making great films and keep making the people happy."
Asked about the rave reviews for his Oscar nominated Straight Outta Compton, he says, "It was great. We got accolades from all levels, from our core fans, from curious fans and from people that didn't even think they wanted to see that movie. We got so much praise for the movie, so how could we be mad that one academy or guild or anybody says it isn't the number one. It's like crying about not enough icing on your cake. It's ridiculous."
Hugh Laurie interjects, "I loved the movie and by the way I think what you've said is the sanest description of the process of awards I've ever heard. As a way of thinking about it and treating it, it's brilliant."
Talking about his son appearing as him in the film, Ice Cube says "That is what I am most proud of. For him to take this opportunity, run with it and hopefully set himself up in one of the greatest industries in the world, I am so proud just as a father."
Hugh adds "I think it's an amazing thing to think of your son playing you because most men are trying to play the role of their father until they find out who they are. I spent almost 10 years playing a doctor and my father was a doctor and I felt like I was a fake version of what he really was and constantly felt guilty about that. I think a lot of men grow up feeling like fake versions of their father until you get to the point where you can think, 'I am the real thing'"
Asked if Straight Outta Compton built bridges with the remaining members of N.W.A., Ice Cube says "It was already cool. It was all water under the bridge by the time we started the movie and it was great to get everybody together to hash the old stories. There were a lot of cooks in the kitchen but we got a nice meal out of it."
Ice Cube, asked by Hugh if the band is getting back together, he says, "We are playing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and then there is Coachella and I'm going to try and get all the guys together and do an amazing show."
Kevin Hart, talking about the huge success of his and Ice Cube's Ride Along films, he says, "We weren't surprised - you don't go into something with the expectation of losing and we knew we had something special and thought if people come out to watch it we could possibly have the opportunity to do a franchise. The came out in droves and we decided to go bigger and better on this new one."
Ice Cube adds, "He is always stealing my things including my catchphrase."
Asked if they get on while filming, Kevin says, "We are best friends. We love to laugh and the chemistry is genuine. It's a real friendship. You cannot have this type of movie without a genuine friendship first based on respect. And we now spend a lot of time together - a lot!"
Olivia Colman, asked if she wants any of her children to go into acting, she says, "It's a hard thing to answer because I love it and I have been lucky. I would hate them to be less lucky. They are cleverer than me - though it's hard to tell with the baby - and I want them to help people and change the world. No pressure there!"
Talking about being pregnant during filming of The Night Manager, she says, "I was so big there was no hiding it. I was waddling too and at one point the director said, 'Could you walk less pregnant?'"
Asked about Broadchurch returning and when it will air, Olivia says, "We are filming it in May but I don't know when it goes out - ages after."
Hugh, talking about the fame House brought him around the globe, says "I was touring with my band and we crossed into Serbia. The border guards searched the bus and finally let us go. About an hour later we realised my passport hadn't been given back so we had to turn around and go back. The guard said, 'Sorry, I make photocopy for my wife.' My passport was still in the copier! He then asked for a selfie with me and you don't argue with a Serbian border guard with a machine gun!"
David Attenborough joins Graham to chat about his new BBC documentary Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur.
Asked what he and the BBC are planning to celebrate his upcoming 90th birthday he says, "I'd like to ignore the whole issue! I expect the BBC will do something. A cake perhaps!"
Elle King performs Ex's & Oh's live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.
- Friday 22nd January 2016
- BBC One
- 50 minutes
Cast & crew
|Graham Norton||Host / Presenter|
|David Attenborough (as Sir David Attenborough)||Guest|
|O'Shea Jackson (as Ice Cube)||Guest|
|Jon Magnusson||Series Producer|
|Graham Stuart||Executive Producer|
Ice Cube talks about his pride in his son's performance in Straight Outta Compton.