John Singleton says “I told you” about Tupac Biopic

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John Singleton says “I told you” about Tupac Biopic
 

 
- John Singleton says “I told you” about Tupac Biopic
- Benny Boom claps back

Harsh early reviews of the controversial biopic are trickling in, compounding the bad buzz around a movie that was already saddled with a lawsuit-heavy production history and scorching criticism from the Oscar-nominated director who abandoned it. Meanwhile, the studio behind the film isn’t doing much to promote it, which is usually a sign they have a dud on their hands. Whatever conspiracy theories about Tupac are out there, it seems pretty clear that All Eyez on Me is dead on arrival.

All Eyez on Me, which finally hits theaters in the United after more than six years of production woes, was at one point supposed to be helmed by director John Singleton, who made Boyz n the Hood and worked with Tupac himself. He signed up to write, direct, and produce the movie in 2013 but left due to serious creative differences in 2015.

“I told the company if y’all muthafu*kas want to do this, you gotta get the fu*k out my face and let me do this movie,” Singleton told HipHopDX last year. That’s not what happened. “I knew they weren’t going to make a good movie at all and they didn’t,” Singleton continued.

“I haven’t watched it and I refuse to watch it,” Singleton added, explaining that he hasn’t even viewed a trailer for the film. “I know that they fu*ked it up so I’m not even trying to give it any attention.”

They did indeed fu*k it up, according to some early reviews:

Newsday called it “a badly botched biopic that won’t earn Shakur any new fans and will disappoint the ones he has.”

Variety says, “Comprehensive but sketchy, richly atmospheric but often under-dramatized, it is not, in the end, a very good movie.”

The A.V. Club says, “All Eyez On Me has a guy who looks like Tupac, but not much else.”

Rolling Stones gave this movie 2 Stars while saying, “Tupac Shakur Does Not Get the Biopic He Deserves. The hip-hop icon gets the big-screen treatment – and not even a charismatic lead can keep this movie's head up.”

NY Times says, “All Eyez on Me’ Is Uninspired. Tupac Shakur Was Anything But… not only a clumsy and often bland account of his life and work, but it also gives little genuine insight into his thought, talent or personality.”

Benny Boom had a rebuttal to Singleton. “It’s unfortunate that John took that position,” he responded. “There’s a lot of directors taken off projects in Hollywood. It happens. They sign on to movie… [there’s] creative differences… then the directors go on and they do something else. The unfortunate thing is that John just can’t let it go.”

The director also revealed he personally called Singleton and tried to get everything straightened out. “I know John. So I called him and spoke to him… he had a point of view that I did not agree with, in terms of why he said what he said.”

He continued, “I’m like ‘look, whatever issues you have with the producers you got to put that to the side now because this is my movie now.’ If I went around and came up here and started bashing one of his films without saying his name all you guys would have looked at me like ‘you’re hating on John.’”

Benny Boom also brought up the fact that towards the end of Shakur’s life, the rapper wasn’t a fan of Singleton. In leaked audio footage, Tupac could be heard calling Singleton “a coward.” The two previously worked together on the film Poetic Justice.


Makes you appreciate "Notorious" and "Straight out of Compton" a lil more. Plus this is going to slow down the momentum of Hollywood giving budgets to our legends.
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 4 months ago '05        #2
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 eazyvaboy said:

Makes you appreciate "Notorious" and "Straight out of Compton" a lil more. Plus this is going to slow down the momentum of Hollywood giving budgets to our legends.
notorious is butt cheeks too
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 4 months ago '06        #3
Michael 1987 716 heat pts716
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John ain't sh*t either. This n*gga wanted to have Tupac get r*ped in this film before switching directors.
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 4 months ago '07        #4
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It's a boatload of fu*kery from every angle.

It's a goddamn gangbang with Pac's legacy subbed in for the bi*ch.
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 4 months ago '07        #5
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By the way, this seems like a rehash of some old sh*t as it relates to John's comments.
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 4 months ago '16        #6
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someone needs to let this dude actually do this movie w/ no bullsh*t. pac deserves it.
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 4 months ago '10        #7
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gonna watch
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 kingpin222 said:
notorious is butt cheeks too
Nahhhh. I just got done seeing All Eyez on Me. It wasn't trash but Notorious was significantly better.

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 4 months ago '07        #9
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Straight Outta Compton Best Hip Hop Biopic to Date.

Notorious = TRASH
All Eyez On Me = MEGA TRASH
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 4 months ago '06        #10
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 eazyvaboy said:
Nahhhh. I just got done seeing All Eyez on Me. It wasn't trash but Notorious was significantly better.

 calle13 said:
Straight Outta Compton Best Hip Hop Biopic to Date.

Notorious = TRASH
All Eyez On Me = MEGA TRASH

i know 4 a fact u hatin now sayin notorious wuz better. notorious had s**t casting, s**tty cameras, the movie overlooked details, etc. like stop. notorious is just not a good movie. like stop. u can talk bad about this pac movie bcuz it's fresh out in theaters and not enuff people have seen it, but u not gonna convince no1 that the notorious trash movie wuz better. like stop!
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 calle13 said:
Straight Outta Compton Best Hip Hop Biopic to Date.

Notorious = TRASH
All Eyez On Me = MEGA TRASH
Not hip hop but Ray and that James Brown movie make SOC look like a bet movie.
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 waytoomuch said:
i know 4 a fact u hatin now sayin notorious wuz better. notorious had s**t casting, s**tty cameras, the movie overlooked details, etc. like stop. notorious is just not a good movie. like stop. u can talk bad about this pac movie bcuz it's fresh out in theaters and not enuff people have seen it, but u not gonna convince no1 that the notorious trash movie wuz better. like stop!

Calm down bruh. You sensitive thugz, you all need hugz. I didn't say anything negative about Pac's movie. I even said it wasn't trash. I thought Notorious was written and directed better. Not saying Notorious was great but if we are comparing the two, I just thought Pac's movie just came across as more low budget. It ain't like I'm the only one saying these types of things.

Have you seen All Eyez on Me Yet?
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 4 months ago '14        #13
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If this sh*t wasn't better than biggie movie then that's quite sad because that sh*t sucked.
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 4 months ago '13        #14
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 eazyvaboy said:


Makes you appreciate "Notorious" and "Straight out of Compton" a lil more. Plus this is going to slow down the momentum of Hollywood giving budgets to our legends.
Sorry but Notorious was trash from start to end

Also AEOM is exceeding Box Office expectations, even with racist critics and people with grudges trying to down the movie...

The movie might not be for everyone, it might not be great, but some critics have gone way overboard with the hate..and we all know why, aint no way this movie should be 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, while other trash movies are at 60% voted by the same critics, only difference is race...

In the Trump era they don't want to see too many successful black movies, but looks like its doing well as far as ticket sales...hip hop came through


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 4 months ago '13        #15
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Havent seen AEOM, but Notorious is a fu*kin disgrace....
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 SlickJ101 said:
Not hip hop but Ray and that James Brown movie make SOC look like a bet movie.
Wasn't his only qualifier that it was a hip hop movie though?

And no matter what Straight Outta Compton doesn't look like a BET movie. It was shot well and had an ensemble of rookie actors... Still ended up being a pretty good movie


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 Optimus Crime said:
Wasn't his only qualifier that it was a hip hop movie though?
Closer to recent music biopic
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 HipHopFactz said:
Sorry but Notorious was trash from start to end

Also AEOM is exceeding Box Office expectations, even with racist critics and people with grudges trying to down the movie...

The movie might not be for everyone, it might not be great, but some critics have gone way overboard with the hate..and we all know why, aint no way this movie should be 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, while other trash movies are at 60% voted by the same critics, only difference is race...

In the Trump era they don't want to see too many successful black movies, but looks like its doing well as far as ticket sales...hip hop came through
Get Out is one of the most highly acclaimed films of the year, as was Moonlight last year.

The critical reception to this made-for-Lifetime Pac film has nothing to do with race.
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 4 months ago '13        #19
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 Kevin Spacey said:
Get Out is one of the most highly acclaimed films of the year, as was Moonlight last year.

The critical reception to this made-for-Lifetime Pac film has nothing to do with race.
homos3xuality especially when certain demographics are portrayed as homos3xuals tends to go down well

regardless, the hate has been overboard....


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 4 months ago '15        #20
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 HipHopFactz said:
homos3xuality especially when certain demographics are portrayed as homos3xuals tend to go down well
Nothing homos3xual about Get Out. (Edit: didn't realize you highlighted Moonlight).

Also, Moonlight is only film I've ever heard of that has a black man play a homos3xual.

Spike Lee's recent Chiraq film received acclaim.

The Fits recieved acclaim.

As well as I Am Not Your Negro, Fences, Fruitvale Station, Hidden Figures, Creed, etc.

Even SOC recieved acclaim.

Gotta stop with the conspiracies bruh
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