Trivia / Boyz n the Hood

  • Breakthrough Hit: For John Singleton.
  • Creator Cameo: John Singleton plays the mailman.
  • Dawson Casting: Even though he played a 17-year-old, Cuba Gooding Jr. was 23 at the time. He was only six and half years younger than Laurence Fishburne.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Singleton didn't tell the cast when gunshots would be fired, to ensure that the actors' reactions to the sound of gunfire would be authentic.
  • Playing Gertrude: Tyra Ferrell, who played Doughboy and Ricky's mother, was only seven years older than Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut.
  • Reality Subtext: The movie was shot on-location in South Central L.A., which led to a lot of problems similar to the fictional ones in the movie. The dialogue had to be dubbed over in many parts due to gunshots and helicopters in the distance. There were threats of fights between the extras, and in one instance a filming location had to be changed because of threats from a member of the Bloods. The scene in question contained Doughboy, who is heavily implied to be a Crip, shooting someone who is heavily implied to be a Blood. The real life gang member claimed that he was not responsible if someone actually shot Ice Cube for portraying their gang negatively.
  • Sleeper Hit: No one, not even the people at Columbia (where it was seen as a small indie-type film with no big stars), expected the film to make the impact that it did. Even facing Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, the film grossed over $50 million and got John Singleton two Academy Award nominations.
  • Star-Making Role: For Ice Cube (as an actor) and Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Those Two Actors: One of many films that Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett appeared in together.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Check out all the late '80s/early '90s fashions, hairdos, music, video games and styles.
  • What Could Have Been: According to John Singleton, Ice Cube's fellow N.W.A. members were to play Doughboy's friends. However, the tension that resulted from Ice Cube leaving NWA kept that from happening.
  • Write Who You Know: Many of the people portrayed in the film were based on people in John Singleton's life.
    • The self-hating black police officer was based on a cop whom John Singleton encountered as a kid. Singleton felt it was critical to show this officer to show how racist black police could be towards black people.
    • Singleton based Tre's childhood on his own. Singleton's father was a mortgage broker like Furious. When he was 12, Singleton moved in with his father in South Los Angeles. Like Tre, Singleton stayed out of trouble with his father's guidance and went to college.

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