How did John Singleton pick Tyrese?
John Singleton has been known to work with musicians. Remember how fond he was of Ice Cube? (After Boyz in the Hood he wanted to cast him in Poetic Justice as the role of Lucky.) Though he was all for giving new actors a chance, Singleton had Tyrese read and audition for the role just like any other actor. Obviously, he was impressed with his work. Singleton remembered his first impression of Tyrese: “The cat was a movie star who hadn’t done a movie yet.”