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1/10/2005 6:11:09 AM

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In Ja Rule’s new movie "Assault on Precinct 13," the hip hop actor had no time to catch the jailhouse blues in his role as a prisoner named Smiley. He was too busy trying to escape and defend himself against some homicidal police officers operating on the other side of the law.


"I play a n---a that's about to go to jail for 15 to 20 years," he described. "We're on our way up to the maximum-security prison from a mini [prison]. We get caught in a snowstorm. We have to pull over to a rinky-dink old precinct. It so happens I was on the same bus with this n---a who's doing some sh-- with crooked cops. The cops think he's going to tell on them and [screw] up their operation. It's a lot of cars blowing up, it's ill!"


Since the good police are operating with a skeleton crew, they're forced to team up with the inmates they're escorting against their ambushing brethren-in-blue who have turned bad.


"A criminal is going to be a criminal," Ja said about whether his character's valor will give the audience a chance to see him change his ways in the movie. "I try to escape."


"Assault" also stars Ethan Hawke, John Leguizamo, Gabriel Byrne and Laurence Fishburne.


"Fish was cooler than a mutha----er," Rule said. "He taught me a lot. He was schooling me on the industry and movie sh--."


Ja's next role will be in the movie "Animal," where he acts alongside Ving Rhames. "I try to pull from these dudes 'cause these dudes been in the game for a long time," Rule said. "It's different acting tips they give me."


Rule described the movie as being based on the life of Crips gang member Monster Kody. Rule and Rhames also shot "Back in the Day" last year, but that film still hasn't been released.


"I got a sex scene in that one, my first sex scene," he smirked about playing Tatyana Ali's lover in "Back in the Day." "My wife didn't like that one

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