O’Shea Jackson Jr. To Star In “Dock”
Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., has snagged a new role. The 26-year-old actor, who starred in Straight Outta Compton, will star in “Dock”. “Dock” tells the story of Dock Ellis, the famed San Diego Padres player, who made baseball history while being high on LSD.
During his prime, Dock was described as a highly competitive loudmouth who suffered no fools and called out racism when he experienced it. For instance, when he wore curlers in his hair at a workout, he was forbidden to do so ever again by the MLB Commissioner. Although he complied, he was quick to point out the hypocrisy as the MLB allowed a white player to wear a bad, shoulder-length toupee at the same time.
After a decade-long career in Major League Baseball (he played with the Pirates, Yankees, Athletics, Rangers and Mets), Ellis admitted he had never pitched a game sober and afterwards sought treatment for his alcohol and drug addiction. There is an astute philosophy that every experience you have leads you to what you are truly supposed to be doing in life (in service for others), and that’s exactly what happened here: Because of what he experienced and learned, Ellis dedicated the rest of his life counseling those suffering from substance abuse problems. He specialized in counseling professional athletes.
David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube are producing.