John Singleton was once attached as the director of a movie about Tupac Shakur’s life.
The Poetic Justice creator was eventually removed from the director’s chair, and Benny Boom was asked to take over the Pac project which is being released this week.
Even though he admitted he had not seen the Boom-directed biopic, Singleton made it clear to The Breakfast Club in March he was not supporting All Eyez On Me.
Boom and All Eyez producer L.T. Hutton stopped by The Breakfast Club for their own interview with the Power 105.1 morning show.
The filmmakers responded to Singleton’s earlier statements.
“We parted ways over creative differences and if I was to put those differences out there, the world would understand,” said Hutton. “To make it about you, that was the problem. This is not about you. It’s not my story. It’s Tupac’s story. It’s not about Benny Boom. It wasn’t about him. It is about Tupac.”
According to Hutton and Boom, Pac was not on good terms with Singleton at the time of His death in 1996.
The radio show conversation also included Hutton revealing Singleton’s version of the biopic was going to feature Pac being raped in jail.
“There were a multitude of things that he wanted to do that just weren’t flattering to Tupac himself. It was almost like, ‘What are you doing?'” Hutton stated. “You knew what was going on, and now you want to defame the guy. Not on my watch.”
Apparently, Singleton also wanted the movie to start with a false moment where Tupac attempts to perform anal sex on a white woman in the studio, she denies him, and then the scene ends with Pac telling the woman, “Go home and tell your dad you got f-cked by a n-gga today.”
Hutton claims Singleton wanted the movie to have an excessive amount of sex scenes, and the white financial backers of the film did not approve of the content.
Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur was supposedly depicted in a threesome as well.
“Some people in Hollywood, we think they’re black, but they’re not black,” offered Hutton. “They like to be the only black person in the room because that makes them an authoritarian figure. They don’t like to be challenged.”
Benny Boom’s All Eyez on Me is scheduled for release on June 16.
The movie stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. (Tupac Shakur), Danai Gurira (Afeni Shakur), Kat Graham (Jada Pinkett), Jamal Woolard (The Notorious B.I.G), Dominic L. Santana (Suge Knight), Annie Ilonzeh (Kidada Jones), and Jamie Hector (Mutulu Shakur).
Check out Benny and LT's interview below as the talk about telling Tupac's story the best way they can.