There’s surely not many higher-pressured roles to play as an actor than Tupac Shakur, and for someone who never had ambitions to be an actor to be given the opportunity really says something about Demetrius Shipp Jr.
The 27-year-old sat down with Big Boy to talk about his portrayal of Pac in the upcoming All Eyez On Me biopic, revealing that his dad had worked as a producer on one of Tupac’s songs and had ties with Death Row Records.
Demetrius also explained how he got into the role of Tupac, the level of research he undertook, and just how important getting this right was to him and everyone involved in the film.
He really does look like Pac… so much so that one of the hosts actually cried and had to leave the room when seeing him.
The bad news is even Demetrius doesn’t know when All Eyez On Me will be out, but the good news is he clearly cared about this role, and if everything else comes together, we’ll get as good of a representation of Pac as this format, put out for a mainstream audience, allows.