Academy Award-winning 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen is at the center of an all-new Tupac film that he says will tell the “unvarnished truth” about the legend’s life.
The documentary was announced on Tuesday, May 10, after Shakur estate trustee Tom Whalley inked a deal with Amaru Entertainment, the company Afeni Shakur founded to release all posthumous Pac projects. Though it’s far from the first big screen take on Pac’s llife, with McQueen behind the scenes, it could be the most memorable.
McQueen will be working alongside Nigel Sinclair of White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson, who will produce what Deadline says will be a fully authorized, full-length feature documentary. McQueen had this to say about directing the forthcoming doc and Pac’s influence on hip-hop culture: “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”
Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide and stands as the first solo hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Get excited.
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. 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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15. Pac was required to take an HIV test before doing love scenes with Janet Jackson in "Poetic Justice."
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16. When he died, he was engaged to actress Kidada Jones.
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17. Tupac got his last name from his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur.
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18. 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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