John Singleton Disses Tupac Biopic Without Even Watching A Trailer
Well If you haven’t heard yet, John Singleton took some serious shots at the movie during and after a panel at ComplexCon in L.A. this past weekend, despite revealing he hasn’t watched so much as a trailer for the project.
The director told HipHopDX, “I haven’t watched it and I refuse to watch it,” Singleton tells HipHopDX. “I know that they f***ed it up so I’m not even trying to give it any attention.”
During the panel, which was hosted by Deray McKesson, Singleton admitted that at one point he felt he was too close to Shakur to be involved:
“I didn’t want to make it for many, many years,” he explained during the panel. “First of all, people wanted the story to be told, but I was so close to him. I was too close to tell the story of it. You have to remember, at first we had a working relationship and then a brotherhood.I saw other directors come on and something clicked in me saying I wanted to do it. I told the company if y’all muthafu**as want to do this, you gotta get the fu** out my face and let me do this movie.”
Despite eventually stepping down from the director’s role, Singleton reveals he did come back onboard to help with the project later, as producers were ramping up the project:
“I did the research which was talking to everyone around him who lived it and selectively piecing together their memories and my memories cause everyone wants to make Pac who they wanted them to be,” he recalled. “They want to make the Tupac story that involves them and not the Tupac story. I did a great script and I thought they were going to go forward with it, but because I’m so mouthy and opinionated, some people don’t like to work with a black man in Hollywood who has an opinion. I knew they weren’t going to make a good movie at all and they didn’t.”
Ehhhh, this sounds real real real real personal. It seems crazy to just decide something is BAD without seeing it — or even seeing a trailer. Not only that but the trailers we’ve seen look fire and Benny Boom is a damn good director — we don’t really see him dropping the ball on this one.
So we reached out to a few friends in Hollywood and learned that while Singleton hasn’t seen the movie — several rappers HAVE and their reactions were nothing like Singleton’s.
“Puffy has seen it. Kanye West has seen it. Snoop Dogg has seen it,” a source close to the project told BOSSIP. “They loved it. The Game saw it. Busta Rhymes was in tears when he saw it.”
Well damn! (Side note, didn’t Busta act in “Higher Learning” for Singleton?)
As it stands, looks like Singleton’s comments aren’t sitting too well with the film’s executive producer L.T. Hutton.
Hit the flip for his comments.