Examiner’s Amber Claire had the chance to speak with Marlon Yates Jr about his role as “The Doc” in the upcoming movie “Straight Outta Compton”, directed by F.Gary Gray. He was happy to give us some insight into the atmosphere on set and the surreal moment when he walked on set the first time to see a bunch of music legends and icons. “Straight Outta Compton”, is a Universal pictures release opening August 14th. The movie also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and Paul Giamatti to name a few.
AC: Hi Marlon, it’s so great catching up with you, but most importantly, to talk about your character “The Doc”, in the new movie “Straight Outta Compton” in theaters this friday. How did this role come about for you and what inspired you the most to portray this particular character?
MY: This role came about very randomly. I originally auditioned for the Dr.Dre role but that didn’t end up working out. Then, I got called in a month later for The D.O.C and did a chemistry read with the cast and the rest is history.
AC: NWA’s music always had a strong message and influence on their fans all over the world, even to this day. Do you think this movie will open a new fan base to the younger generation to really see what made NWA such a huge success?
MY: Yes, I think their music will definitely open the eyes to the younger generation and teach them to be outspoken and to speak the truth. NWA are legends and they helped create a voice for their community. I think from this movie, they will gain a new fan base.
AC: What was the atmosphere on set like with “Straight Outta Compton”? Obviously, there was some outside controversy going on during filming. Did this affect things in any way or was it business as usual?
MY: The atmosphere was amazing and as simple as that. The controversy that the media is hearing had nothing to do with the filming of the movie That was a promotional video Dr.Dre and Ice Cube did for the Grammy’s. It didn’t affect us while we were filming.
AC: Speaking of Dr. Dre, what was it like working with him and what was one of your most memorable moments on set?
MY: Working with Dre was great, he’s a really great guy and a true inspiration. The most memorable moment was when I was walking on to the set my very first day. I was anxious, but to be a part of this film and see legends all around me is something I will never forget.
AC: Being born and raised in Los Angeles, you grew up aspiring to be in the NFL. What guided you in the direction of acting and out of curiosity, what team do you follow these days in the NFL?
MY: Yeah the NFL was my dream! I think what guided me in the direction of acting, was when I told myself if football doesn’t work out I will only do something else I loved and that I could enjoy. Acting is what I love and enjoy and the Cowboys are my team!
AC: You have also done some previous modeling work for Fusion Models. Did this help you to prepare for acting on camera?
MY: Modeling was fun. I used that to try to make my way into the TV/movie world and to get some publicity. I think it definitely worked out for me.
AC: Dr. Dre is doing quite a lot of incredible things for the city of Compton, which is a really honorable thing for him to do. What would surprise most people about Dr.Dre, considering he is one of the biggest names in the world?
MY: I think what people would love most about Dre is that he’s just a really nice and extremely hard working guy.
AC: Finally, what would be the best piece of advice you could give to aspiring artists out there who are trying to do what you do?
MY: The best advice I would give, is to go for your dreams, go all in, be patient and be nice.
AC: Thanks so much for your time Marlon and best of luck with the movie!
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