Thursday, August 20, 2015

Straight Outta Compton Script Originally Included Dee Barnes Scene


The Los Angeles Times today reports on a scene portraying Dr. Dre’s 1991 assault on music journalist and Pump It Up host Dee Barnes that was cut from an early draft of screenwriter Jonathan Herman’s script for Straight Outta Compton.
In the scene, the fictional Dre, “eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt” (per noted from the script) spots Barnes at the party and approaches her. 
“Saw that [expletive] you did with Cube. Really had you under his spell, huh? Ate up everything he said. Let him diss us. Sell us out.” 
“I just let him tell his story,” Barnes’ character retorts, “That’s what I do. It’s my job.” 
“I thought we were cool, you and me,” Dre fires back. “But you don’t give a [expletive]. You just wanna laugh at N.W.A, make us all look like fools.” 
The conversation escalates, Barnes throws her drink in Dre’s face before he attacks her “flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”
According to writer Gerrick D. Kennedy, other scenes that appeared in the script that didn’t make it into the film included a flashback of the brutal fight during which Dre’s younger brother was killed, Dre being shot 4 times in the leg and a scene where his home catches on fire during a pool party.

Dee Barnes recently spoke out about the infamous assault and the fact that it wasn’t portrayed or referenced in the film. Dre also recently expressed regret for his actions in a interview with Rolling Stone.

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