As the director of the upcoming All Eyez On Me biopic, Benny Boom took the rare route of going with a newcomer for the role of Tupac Shakur and he recently explained why.
During an interview with Page Six, he went on to explain that casting an actor with an extensive resume would lead to a distraction that the film does not need particularly due to its importance in hip-hop culture.
The role was ultimately given to Demetrius Shipp Jr.
“I feel like I definitely got the right actor to play Tupac,” Benny Boom said. “It was important to get an unknown [actor] so people can lock into him and his performance versus any sort of baggage that another actor would bring. This role is just too important for hip-hop culture to mess it up.” Read more…
Boom also explained how he got the opportunity to speak to Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur before she passed away in May. This was long before he joined as director of the film.
He says he also got to speak with Suge Knight and a handful of Tupac’s relatives about the film.
“I met [Tupac’s mother] Afeni Shakur years ago, and it is interesting because we had conversations long before the movie was in play for me,” he said. “And of course I get the movie and she [dies]. We spoke to his brother in-law, his sister and various family members, as well as Suge Knight.” Read more…
All Eyez On Me is slated to hit theaters on June 6, 2017 – what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.
(Image Source: Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s Instagram)