Monday, May 23, 2005

Ice Cube: Silent Film Star?

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If Ice Cube had been born 100 years ago, he could have been a silent film star.

That’s the opinion of Brian Levant, who directed Cube in his hit comedy, Are We There Yet?

He says that Cube is “a great reactor” and considers him “this generation’s Buster Keaton” because of his stoic demeanor on screen.

It might seem strange that a rap performer could star in silent films but Levant says Cube is “a wonderful storyteller” who draws on whatever is available to tell a story, be it a camera or a microphone.

But while Levant is sure Cube has the skills to have been a success in the silent era, he thinks the rapper wouldn’t have had many work opportunities, because, as he puts it, “Other than Birth Of A Nation, I don’t think there was much film work for blacks in those days.”

Still, Levant says Are We There Yet? gives a taste of Cube’s silent film ability because, he points out, “I make all my movies so if there is a problem with the audio, you can still follow the story.”

Are We There Yet? will be released on DVD on Tuesday (May 24).

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