Jada Pinkett Smith Slams Tupac Biopic’s ‘Deeply Hurtful’ Depiction of Their Friendship

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Jada Pinkett Smith criticized the “deeply hurtful” dramatization of her friendship with the late rapper Tupac Shakur in the biopic “All Eyez on Me,” which opens Friday.

In a series of tweets, Pinkett Smith said certain moments were fabricated in the movie, saying, “Forgive me. My relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in ‘All Eyez On Me’ to stand as truth.”

Pinkett Smith and Shakur met at Baltimore School for the Arts, where they formed a close bond. The biopic, which chronicles the life, death, and legacy of the legendary rapper, depicted a tumultuous relationship between the lifelong friends, including events in which Pinkett Smith says never occurred.

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She went on to clarify which scenes were embellished. “Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know that poem existed until it was printed in his book,” she said, continuing in a separate tweet, “Pac never said goodbye to me before leaving for LA.; he had to leave abruptly and it wasn’t to pursue his career.”

Pinkett Smith still praised Kat Graham and Demetrius Shipp Jr., the actors who portrayed her and Shakur, respectively, in the film.

“Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles,” she wrote. “You both did a beautiful job with what you were given. Thank you both.”

She then wished Shakur, who would have been 46 today, a happy birthday. “You are cradled in my heart for eternity. I love you,” she said.

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The film also came under fire from rapper 50 Cent, who called the movie “bulls—.”

“Man I watched the 2 PAC film, that was some bulls—. Catch that s— on a fire stick 👎trust me. LOL SMH TRASH,” he wrote on Instagram.

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    1. Zoe Spencer says:

      I went to see the movie, and although I am just a consumer, who did not know him personally, but like the rest of the world loved Tupac and classifies him as an unactualized Revolutionary, I’m trying to figure out why the media would make either Jada or 50 cent’s review relevant.
      I searched her reviews because I thought they would be more relevant to her actual knowledge of Tupacs life, struggle, and goal of using his Music as a form of revolution. I thought that maybe she would be giving some insightful critique of why the movie didn’t capture Tupacs essence, and tell me something that I didn’t know. Then I come to all the medias sites, and I see that her critique ONLY centered on the very few and rare parts about she and Tupacs relationship. Perhaps the relationship was deeper and the movie didn’t capture it, I don’t know…But this wasn’t a Tupac and Jada love story. Maybe they sensationalized the interaction between the two in an attempt to capture for the audience the spiritual love and regard that they had that could not have otherwise been captured in a 2 hour 20 minute movie. All movies sensationalized and reroute truth and facts to capture something.
      But after reading her tweets, and I will not blame her because they are her truth and her thoughts expressed on her page, but just because he did not read that letter, did not say goodbye, did not invite her to a show, aren’t really hardcore discrepancies that should neutralize the movie. Therefore, I would classify it as a self pointed critique on her part because it wasn’t intended to be about her and Tupacs relevance to movement and the Black community extends way beyond her. But more importantly, this is what I think of the medias exploitation of her review.
      I am speaking to the EXACT same media who the State and COINTELPRO used to discredit and assassinate Tupacs character. I am speaking to the same hegemonic media who the State used to set him up and to try to dismantle his career for fear that he would use his talent and voice to mobilize the masses of Black people in urban communities to resist State sponsored violence and oppression. The message in All Eyez on Me is epic if one is listening, so I guess it is the medias turn to play up reviews and critiques that may influence the people NOT TO GO and listen.
      Both Jada and 50’s critiques are irrelevant to the grand scheme of the movie. Substanceless (if that’s a word). Therefore, until they can either come up with a more in depth critique or one that does not appear narcissistic, everyone should go and see it and analyze it for the message that it presents. Tupac was conscious, he had a plan, and like he said in Resurrection he was about to use his platform to save the world.
      The last line in the Movies says that they never found out who killed him. Well if anyone ever read the book COINTELPRO: The FBI’s Secret War Against Political Freedom…then…well….

    2. Will Smith says:

      Pac didn’t move to LA, he moved to Oakland. Jada would have known that if she actually saw the film. I’m guessing staying relevant off the coatails of this film is more important than telling the truth? We all know Will Smith enjoys saying “tell the troot”, maybe his wife should actually listen.

    3. Phillip Ayling says:

      Does her latest rant decrease or increase the film’s Award chances? #OscarsTooPac

    4. Jimmy Green says:

      This crap is not even
      worth seeing free on late night TV.

    5. L. Ron Hubbard says:

      I bet 50 Cent’s movie “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (with him playing himself) is totally credible and much more authentic. Watch that instead.

    6. Will Smith says:

      Now THAT movie was crap, he’s got NO room to talk.

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