The latest to join the cast of the Morgan Creek film is 40-year-old Jamie Hector, who is best known for his portrayal of Marlo Stanfield in the HBO series The Wire.
Hector will play Mutulu Shakur, the late rap legend’s stepdad. From Variety:
The cast of the Morgan Creek movie, currently shooting in Atlanta, includes Danai Gurira, Kat Graham and Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the lead role.
Mutulu Shakur was an acupuncturist who set up a clinic in Harlem as well as being an advocate of black independence. He became a fugitive in 1982 when his stepson was 11, was captured four years later and convicted in 1988 of taking part in several robberies, homicides and a 1979 prison escape.
“All Eyez on Me” chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, his imprisonment and his time at Death Row Records. The film is directed by Benny Boom.
Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur serves as executive producer.
1. While at a hotel with his ex-wife, Keisha Morris, the room they were in caught fire. Reportedly, “Tupac was disappointed in her and told her he couldn’t trust her because she didn’t stay with him to fight the fire.”
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2. Tupac bought Biggie Smalls his first Rolex.
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3. His mom originally named him Lesane Parish Crooks.
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4. Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther, in jail on bombing charges at the time of her pregnancy with the rapper.
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5. Tupac was homeless when he first moved to California, living in different shelters for approximately two years.
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6. Tupac was a really big fan of actor Jim Carrey.
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7. Though Tupac is known for representing the West Coast, he was actually born on the East side of Harlem.
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8. Tupac once cried after talking to Maya Angelou on the set of “Poetic Justice.”
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9. When marrying Keisha Morris, the priest got to the part where he states “with all your worldly possessions…” Tupac interrupted, letting the priest know: “Well, Keisha can’t have my pool table or my big screen TV.”
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10. During an altercation in 1993, Tupac shot two policemen – one in the leg and the other in the butt. Charges against the rapper were later dropped.
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11. Tupac and Fredo Starr met at the premiere of “Sunset Park.”
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12. Mike Dyson says that during Tupac’s final hours on Earth, “Vincent” by Don Maclean was played repetitively.
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13. He and Jada Pinkett Smith once kissed to see if they had any chemistry – but according to Jada, “It had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both.”
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14. When he was a kid, his friends gave him clothes for Christmas and birthdays. They knew he was struggling with poverty.
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15. Tupac spent 15 days in prison after punching “Menace II Society” director Allen Hughes in the face. He was later replaced by Lorenz Tate. Witnesses say it was more like Hughes was fighting 30 people, referring to Tupac’s entourage who was allegedly jumping him.
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16. Pac was required to take an HIV test before doing love scenes with Janet Jackson in “Poetic Justice.”
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17. When he died, he was engaged to actress Kidada Jones.
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18. After he finished writing his legendary track “Dear Mama,” it is said that he called Jada Pinkett and told her, “I wrote this song about our mothers and I want you to hear it.”
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19. Tupac got his last name from his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur.
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20. While attending the Baltimore School for the Arts, he studied drama, took ballet classes, and rapped under the alias MC New York.
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21. Tupac reportedly had sex with almost all of the women in his x-rated music video “How Do U Want It,” then passed out from exhaustion.
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