The young star, 24, had no acting experience when his father suggested he should try out for the role of Ice Cube in the gritty drama about the iconic rap group, and he admits it was a real struggle to convince producers he was the right guy for the part.

Jackson tells Playboy, "I asked myself if I could see anybody else playing him, and to tell you the truth, I would have been nauseated in the movie theatre.

"It took two years of working with coaches, plus about three auditions and a screen test before they gave me the green light."