Dr. Dre is an essential figure in "Straight Outta Compton," the upcoming N.W.A biopic. He was, after all, a member of N.W.A. But the legendary producer says it took him a while to get on board with the project.
"I was worried about it at the beginning," Dre told Big Boy on Real 92.3 in Los Angeles during an interview on Thursday. "As a matter of fact, I didn't even wanna do the movie. Cube actually quarterbacked it. He went out and got the first draft of the script done, I read it and was like, OK, we can work with this; we can turn this into something. And then when [director] Gary Grey got on board, that was it. I was in."
Dre's apprehension, it sounds like, centered around what he felt the movie -- if done wrong -- could do for the way he and his groupmates went down in history.
"I was just nervous about putting a blemish on our legacy. The story had to be told right. And it's incredible. I'm really excited about it. We had our ups and downs with the filming process, but now, the edit is almost done, we're working on music and what have you. I think everybody is gonna appreciate it."
In addition, Dre talked about what it was like working with Snoop Dogg and Eminem early in their careers, as well as how he celebrated his 50th birthday (hint: you'll never celebrate a birthday like this).