When a legend passes, their memory and their impact on the world doesn't die. That is the foundation for the much-anticipated movie, All Eyez On Me, which details the life of Tupac Amaru Shakur. L.T. Hutton, 2Pac's long-time friend and music collaborator, fought hard (for a good eight years) to bring the fallen rapper's story to the big screen, and today the movie makes its debut on 2Pac's birthday.
All Eyez On Me proves that 2Pac and his legacy live on. And with its strategic blend of music, sex, violence, family turmoil and more, we learn many sides of the rapper that many chose to ignore. All Eyez On Me bypasses the foolery, according to Hutton at least, and focuses on the core of 2Pac, who was more than a rapper, but a man with dreams, a man who wanted to provide for his family and a man who unfortunately met his demise at the young age of 25.
We sat down for a roundtable conversation with L.T. Hutton, the creator and producer of the film, along with Demetrius Shipp Jr. (Tupac) and Kat Graham (Jada Pinkett Smith) to discuss the making of the movie. The trio gave us amazing insight into the challenges that went into making the movie, the very detail-oriented character development — Demetrius Shipp Jr. channeled Tupac's spirit multiple times in the movie — and the lack of opportunity for African Americans in Hollywood.