Nearly twenty years after the tragic death of Tupac Shakur, his story is finally making it to the big screen. On Wednesday, stars hit the black carpet in Los Angeles for the All Eyez on Me premiere. With classic Tupac songs blasting in the background, cast members, Kat Graham, Hill Harper, Annie Ilonzeh, Keith Robinson, Danai Gurira and Jamal Woolard made their way down the carpet. Naturally other big names were in attendance including Tia Mowry, 2 Chainz, Russell Simmons, Big Boy, MC Hammer, the Lady of Rage, E-40 and Floyd Mayweather. However, noticeably missing were West Coast artists Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
All Eyez on Me, outlines the untold story of Tupac’s early life, rise to fame, acting career, activism and untimely passing. Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. who has a striking resemblance to Shakur, was called on for the role of a lifetime. According to the trailer, he appears to fully embody the complex man that Tupac was.
When Demetrius Shipp Jr. finally hit the carpet, he had a lot of things to say about his breakout role. Ironically, Shipps father worked with Tupac on the 1996 hit song, “Toss It Up”, proving that two decades later his son was born to play Pac. Talk about things coming full circle. We got a chance to talk to the man of the hour, about how he tapped into the real life character of Tupac. He simply replied,
“Just did an extensive amount of research on his life. You know, watched all the videos on Tupac that they have available. Uh, read books, read the books he read. Go to the school for Shakespeare, learn that because that is what he was into. Research his family upbringing, Mopreme Shakur, Afeni Shakur, Sekyiwa Shakur, his whole family background, The Black Panther Party, The Panther 21, all of that.”
Following the two and a half hour movie, guests descended upon the after party for a night of food, fun and the music of beloved hip hop legend Tupac Shakur. All Eyez On Me opens nationwide June 16th, on what would have been his 46th Birthday.
Via: Sheen Magazine