Dangerous Ground: About The Cast

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ICE CUBE made his acting debut in a much-lauded performance in John Singleton's Academy Award,-nominated Boyz 'n the Hood. Cube returned to the screen, co-starring with Ice T, in Walter Hill's Trespass. He also contributed to the film's soundtrack, co-writing and performing the title track with Ice-T. Cube's most recent starring roles include John Singleton's Higher Learning, Charles Burnett's The Glass Shield and Friday, for which he co-wrote the screenplay and executive produced the platinum-selling soundtrack. He has written other screenplays including The Players Club, which he will direct for New Line, and Defense, which is now in pre-production.

Cube's solo career as a rap artist has earned him multiple platinum awards and a score of hit singles. His recent album, "Bootlegs & B-Sides," saw Cube as producer teaming up with some of the best in the business. The songs on "Bootlegs & B-Sides" span much of Ice Cube's solo recording history.

Known as a no-holds-barred songwriter taking on the media, the Pope and the L. A. police, Ice Cube needs no introduction as one of the world's most celebrated rappers. His 1991 album, "Death Certificate," a platinum smash, presaged much of the incendiary rage that erupted later in the 1992 L. A. uprising. Entertainment Weekly called it "twenty tracks of the most visceral music ever allowed in public."

Cube followed this success with 1992's Predator, labeled "essential listening" by the Los Angeles Times. The album made history by debuting at #1 on Billboard's Pop and R&B Album charts and turning platinum in just four days. It went on to sell over two million copies and spawned a #1 radio hit, "It Was a Good Day." The subsequent single "Check Yo Self," which Cube produced and re-mixed, became another milestone in the young performer's career when it was certified platinum.

ELIZABETH HURLEY started her career as an actress after studying dance and drama at the London Studio Centre. On leaving college she worked initially in the theatre before making her screen debut in the 1987 film "Aria" directed by Bruce Beresford.

After a string of television roles in such shows as "Rumpole of the Bailey" and "Inspector Morse," Hurley landed her first starring role opposite Hugh Grant in the Spanish feature film Remando al Viento.

Upon returning to England, she received the first big break of her career when she was chosen to play the title role in "Christabel," a major BBC drama serial written by the late Dennis Potter, telling the story of Christabel Bielenberg, an Englishwoman married to a German during the Nazi regime in Germany.

For the next few years Hurley worked extensively in Europe making feature films including El Largo Invierno with Jean Rochfort, The Skipper with Jurgen Prochnow, the thriller Beyond Bedlam and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Her television movies include "Sharpe's Enemy" with Sean Bean, "Act of Will" with Peter Coyote and "The Orchid House."

In the U.S. she appeared opposite Wesley Snipes in Passenger 57 as well as in several television movies for Paramount.

Concurrent with her acting career, Hurley developed and produced Extreme Measures starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman which was released in the U.S. in September 1996. Extreme Measures was the first of a slate of films to go into production for Simian Films, the company she and Hugh Grant set up in partnership with Castle Rock Entertainment.

Most recently, Hurley appeared in "Samson & Delilah." Directed by Nicolas Roeg, Hurley stars as Delilah opposite Dennis Hopper and Diana Rigg.

Later this year Hurley will appear in New Line Cinema's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery starring alongside Mike Myers.

In addition to acting and producing, Hurley represents Estee Lauder in its worldwide advertising campaigns.

VING RHAMES co-starred with Tom Cruise as the unflappable super-hacker Luther in the smash hit Mission: Impossible. The Harlem-born actor, who graduated from the High School for the Performing Arts and the Julliard School in New York, first achieved prominence as the drug-lord Marsellus in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, who informs an unfortunate victim: "I'm gonna get medieval on your ass." Rhames also turned in a memorable portrayal of a Secret Service man in Dave with Kevin Kline.

His other screen credits include Barbet Schroeder's Kiss of Death, The Saint of Washington Square with Matt Dillon, Homicide, Blood In...Blood Out, The Long Walk Home, Jacob's Ladder with Tim Robbins, Flight of the Intruder, Brian de Palma's Casualties of War and Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, playing his first leading role as the infamous Cinque.

Rhames plays a recurring role on the hit television series "ER." His other television credit includes playing James Baldwin's preacher father in the television film Go Tell It on the Mountain with Paul Winfield.

On stage he has played a Vietnam "lifer" in the Broadway production "The Boys of Winter," and off-Broadway, Hasting Persuivant in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Richard III," a boxer-convict in the Second Stage's "Short Eyes" and an African delegate in David Hare's "Map of the World."

He was seen this summer as a bouncer opposite Demi Moore in Striptease and will star next in the action film, Con Air, opposite Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich. Rhames will also appear in John Singleton's upcoming drama of racial injustice, Rosewood.

ERIC MIYENI was born in Soweto. After completing his law degree at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, Miyeni worked as a bartender at the Market Theatre Complex, as a copywriter at an advertising agency and as promotions and PR assistant at the Media Relations Department of BOP-TV.

Miyeni made his acting debut performing in a live satire show aimed at making South Africans laugh at themselves, performing three monologues: "Twisted and Vile" left audiences wondering if Christianity worked; "Khazamula the Nerd" was based on Franz Fanton's Black Skins, White Masks, and "Kicking Live at Kippie's" stirred controversy with its black humor about Hitler. "Twisted and Vile" and "Khazamula the Nerd" were performed to packed houses both in South Africa and The Netherlands.

In the TV series "African Skies" Miyeni played a traditionalist nostalgic for the pre-lapsarian Africa before the whites arrived, and in the series "Ndenzeni" he played a biker with an independent lifestyle.

Miyeni made his film debut in Souleymanne Cisse's Waati (screened in competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival) playing a farmworker. In Darrell Roodt's Cry, the Beloved Country he played James Earl Jones' doomed son Absalom. He played the protagonist in Ian Kerkhof's Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Rape Me and had cameo roles in Bopha and Danger Zone.

A multi-faceted artist, Miyeni is putting his poetry to music, raising funds for a short film and trying to get a collection of short stories by young Africans published.

SECHABA MORAJELE was born in Ethiopia and lived there for six years before moving to Italy, where he lived off and on for twenty years. Morajele attended high school in Swaziland for six years and then moved to England. He obtained a degree in statistics at Manchester University and worked as a statistician for three years before he switched to formal training in acting, his first love.

Sechaba moved to South Africa three years ago and began his professional acting career. He made his stage debut in the South African production of "Angels in America." This was followed by "Buddy Holly."

Dangerous Ground marks Morajele's first major supporting role in a motion picture.

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