When the Writers Guild of America strike ends, one of the first lines in the screenplay for the upcoming “A-Team” film has to be, “I pity the fool… Yaaaaay-yaaaay!” After all, it is the modern telling of the famous TV show and one of the top candidates for the role of Sergeant Bosco “B.A. (Bad Attitude)” Baracus is none other than one of the greatest MCs of all time, Ice Cube.
The mic icon said he would have no problem chopping off most of the large afro he’s been growing over the past several weeks into a Mohawk reminiscent of B.A.’s originator, Mr. T.
“I can’t say that I’m gonna be [B.A. yet] because it’s still up to Fox, the people who have the movie,” Cube told MTV News on Tuesday after a taping of “TRL.” “But John Singleton hit me — I believe he’s gonna direct. If he directs it, I have a great chance of doing B.A. And yeah, I’d cut it. I’d get it into a Mohawk!”
Like most of us who grew up during the ’80s, Cube loved the action program about four military veterans framed for a crime they didn’t commit. While out on the lam, they always found time to help the little people in need … for the right price! Besides B.A., the outfit consisted of Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, “Face” (a.k.a. Lieutenant Templeton Peck) and their leader, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith.
“Not only was I a fan of the show and a fan of Mr. T,” Cube remembered, “but it’s just a great character. It’s a dude, a backbone kind of dude: a little scared of airplanes, on the run from the government, that damn near sounds like me anyway! It’s just a perfect fit for me.”
Although it was one of the most popular series of the time, “A-Team” fans look back on the show and giggle at some of its camp elements, especially how there always seemed to be close-range gunfire between the A-Team and their foes, but nobody ever got shot.
“I don’t wanna make a two-hour TV show,” Cube said of reports about the film’s grittier feel. “I wanna make a hardcore movie with these characters you remember, but I’m not trying to be Mr. T. I’m not going to wear all the gold and all that stuff. I think that’s his thing. I’m gonna bring my flavor to the role. We’re taking it to the big screen so it’s something different.”
In the immediate future, Cube’s next film will be “First Sunday,” a sentimental comedy co-starring Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams. In the movie, Cube and Morgan star as two best friends who decide to rob a church (Williams is the choir director) when they get into financial dire straights.
“The hook is me and Tracy and Katt,” Cube said of the film. “People hear those names and think it’s gonna be funny. But when you got real great actors in there, like Michael Beach and Keith David, Loretta Devine, Chi McBride, Olivia Cole … [with] people like that, you gotta bring your A game. You can’t just dial it in. So I felt like with that cast, our movie is like a ’Friday’ and a ’Barbershop’ mixed together.”
Cube also just dropped a new single: “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.” It’s the first single from his album, Raw Footage, which is due later this year.
“I keep it gangsta and why should I change that?/ F— all you muthaf—-s tryin’ to change rap,” he rhymes in the song, which some are calling the first great rap record of 2008. “But aren’t you the same cat that sat back when they brought cocaine back?/ I’m tryin’ to get me a Mayback, how you muthaf—-s gonna tell me,’don’t say that’?/ You the ones where we learned it from/ I heard n—a, back in 1971.”
“It sets the tone for what my record is about,” Cube noted of the song. “It also sets the tone for … I think people have been waiting for rap to be relevant to their lives [again]. Not just to be all about one man’s glory, or whoever’s on the mic bragging about what most of the people can’t buy. It comes to the point where the music used to be the voice of the voiceless, and I wanna take it back to [that]. My album, Raw Footage, I don’t expect no commercial success from this record, and I’m not looking for it. I’m looking for the mature, intelligent, hardcore hip-hop fan to be pleased, satisfied and cherish the record. By being independent on Lench Mob records, I don’t have to worry about pleasing some program director or some record exec or anybody like that. Just please the fans, people who love Ice Cube. People who love it raw.”
[This story was originally published at 1:09 pm E.T. on 1.9.08]