‘All Eyez On Me’ Atlanta Press Conference
On Thursday (June 8), Atlanta media gathered at Means Street Studios for a press conference with All Eyez On Me creator and producer L.T. Hutton, Demetrius Shipp Jr., who stars as Tupac Shakur and Kat Graham, who portrays Jada Pinkett Smith.
Code Black’s highly anticipated Tupac biopic opens in theaters on June 16 and tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
The film follows Pac from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.
Below you’ll find 6 of my favorite quotes from our Q&A with L.T., Kat, & Demetrius as they discuss everything from casting to why it’s important to support the film.
L.T. Hutton On Telling Tupac’s Life Story:
It’s about how Tupac describes his life. And staying with Tupac’s POV helped me stay within the lines of the coloring book.
When he talks about his life, he doesn’t get caught up in different sections he just told you his story.
L.T. Hutton On Casting Demetrius Shipp Jr. As Tupac:
What Hollywood tries to do is put usual suspects in these roles. You guys saw the movie. How in the hell could I put anybody else and they could do what Demetrius Shipp did?!
I saw that. I knew it. But, Hollywood didn’t see it. So, Demetrius, for me, was the hardest of casting scenarios because he’s a first-time actor and this budget wasn’t a “first-time actor” budget. This was a heavy budget.
I told Demetrius, ‘Listen, esthetically…everything is there. Spiritually, I feel where it’s at. I know where it can go. But, you gotta deliver on this acting side!’
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