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‘All Eyez on Me’ producer responds to the film’s critics

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All Eyez on Me, the highly anticipated film chronicling the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, may not have warranted the best reaction. But, the film’s producer, L.T. Hutton is standing by his work.

“Kind of disappointed and just hurt by the accusations — it all came from the truth, places and moments of her actual dialogue and ideas Pac actually had,” Hutton said in response to Jada Pinket Smith’s claims that her portrayal in the film was “deeply hurtful.”

As previously reported, on Friday, Pinkett Smith turned to Twitter, where she claimed that the newly released Tupac Shakur biopic did not depict her and the slain rapper’s relationship correctly.

“Forgive me … my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in ‘All Eyez On Me’ to stand as the truth,” she wrote. “The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful.”

“Pac never said goodbye to me before leaving for LA. He had to leave abruptly and it wasn’t to pursue his career,” said Pinkett Smith, who met Pac at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland in the late ’80s before becoming close friends.

Meanwhile, 50 Cent also chimed in on the controversy. He wrote on Instagram, “I watched the 2 Pac film, that was some bulls—. Catch the s— on fire stick, trust me. LOL SMH TRASH.”

Still, Hutton said he did his research. Though he took a few liberties to show who Pac was, wanted to be and ultimately, who he had to be. “I created the Holy Trinity. It’s who Tupac was, who he wanted to be and who he had to be to survive in the world he was introduced to,” Hutton told the entertainment site. “I respect the hell out of Mrs. Smith,” he said later on.

Have you seen the film? What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section below.


  1. Chocolate on June 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Wow. I must say ive seen the film and thought it was a real life depiction of Tupacs life. I really enjoyed the film. I cant understand why other people are calling the movie trash. I will pay to see the movie again thats how much i enjoyed it??.

  2. Thee BossLadi on June 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve seen the movie and would pay again to see it. I think it is a great depiction of the life of Tupac as I’ve come to know it through media and other sources. Mrs. Smith is an artist and should understand that all movie versions of book and/or life come with some level of “adlib”. The issues she’s pointed out, to me, aren’t that relevant to the story. The movie would still stand without them. It’s a shame the levels people will go to, to be a relevant entity.

  3. Deborah Cooper on June 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Yes, I saw the film Thursday night at a free screening in CHICAGO. I think Mr. L.T. Hutton did an excellent job. All stories are not told as is only the people that really knew him probably just gave bits & pieces but overall my opinion I enjoyed it keep your head up L.T. Hutton I’m praying things go well for you. Only thing I missed my buses home? had to call my sister to pick me up thanks for the movie?????

  4. Xem VanAdams on June 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Im sorry, but “ALL EYEZ ON ME” was terrible.

    All of the significant details that framed Tupac’s life are so glossed over. The movie delivers in a very, “this happened, then this happened, and oh…lets not forget about this-real-quick” type of fashion. Two and a half hours is PLENTY of time to effectively illustrate the high’s, low’s and in-between’s that made Tupac the lyrical and prophetic force he became. The film never even makes mention of his mainstream role in “Poetic Justice”. Leila Steinberg, the woman who was basically Tupac’s mentor and central introduction to performance art appears for literally ONE scene. Tupac lived with Leila and her husband for YEARS. Her role in his life was pivotal to his segue into being on stage in front of mainstream audiences. How was her presence reduced to a forty-five second appearance? There’s also no mention whatsoever of the woman Keisha who Tupac married while he was in jail.

    The entire production is just so singular. We never get into the mind of Tupac Shakur or delve between the layers of his fears, his internal struggles or the seeds of his unique artistry. “All Eyez On Me” is nothing more than an expensive snapshot of the headlines that most of us 30 and over are already aware of. The ONLY “detail” or tidbit of information that the movie introduced me to is the fact that Tupac was involved in a long term relationship with Quincy Jones’ daughter, Kidada. I had no idea that she was the main woman in his life up until his death.

    The film is just so horribly directed by Benny Boom. It’s very difficult to believe that he graduated from Temple Universities film program. There’s absolutely no visual illustration. The narrative isn’t painted on screen. The entire script and overall production spoon feeds the audience – as if we are pure idiots. We jump back and forth CONSTANTLY between scenes of Hill Harper interviewing Tupac in jail circa 1995 and then the actual events unfolding before us as Hill & Tupac verbally discuss them. It’s juvenile filmmaking and a trite cinematic tactic.
    And the ONLY real standout acting performance stems from Danai Gurira who stars as Afeni Shakur. Her facial and verbal delivery is superb in comparison to the other pedestrian players. I’m not taking anything away from Demetrius Shipp who stars as Tupac, but he seemed to merely be going through the motions during half of his screen time. If it were not for him physically resembling Tupac to the core, I would not have been convinced of the passion, the power and intensity that evoked the spirit of Tupac. “All Eyez On Me” just is not a good film overall and I would much rather see a seasoned director take on such masterful work in another box office or 6-8 part, television series release.

    People are jumping on John Singleton for wanting to include a jail rape scene in his version of the Tupac story, as well as Tupac talking to a severed head, but the common, everyday individual has no idea what real life information Singleton was privy to. Tupac may have really been raped in jail, but of course, his image and hyper masculine presence forced him and the public alike to deny such claims. John Singleton’s inclusion of the severed head and having Tupac talking to this image of himself illustrated Tupac’s love of Shakespeare and the battle of man vs. himself. I would have preferred that type of visual storytelling, as opposed to this pitiful L.T. Hutton/Benny Boom version that has Tupac randomly quoting bits and pieces of ‘Hamlet’ throughout the film. UGH!
    and lets not even talk about the monstrosity that is the ending. Would it have killed the creative team to show Afeni battling with the heavy decision to pull the plug on Tupac’s life support?…or even to show Tupac laying on his death bed and shaking the mattresses with both hands clamped down at his sides because he had something he wanted to GET OUT, but could not speak? THESE are the stories that have been told by close friends who visited him between September 6, 1996 and September 13, 1996. The film should NOT have ended with Tupac’s body laid out on the Vegas strip and a slew of title cards plastered across the screen highlighting his “Hollywood” achievements. The gospel music that played beneath the ending scene was very misplaced and drowned out the heavy emotion.

    I don’t care what the millennials are saying about “All Eyez On Me”. It was terribly spliced together, and in such a way that reflected a very amateur team behind-the-scenes. I saw the film yesterday afternoon at the Columbia AMC here in Maryland and I left the theater feeling extremely disappointed. “All Eyez On Me” pales in comparison to every black film released between last summer 2016 and present day.

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR COINS! Wait for this pedestrian mess to be released ON DEMAND and in DVD/Blu-Ray format.

  5. Malik Imani on June 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I wouldn’t say the movie was trash as there were many moments in the film that were powerful, yet, how can we discount her truth as she knows it better than anyone? I wouldn’t pay to see it again but his relationships with Jada, Kidada and his Mom were powerful to me. That’s what I was left with other than how he was used by those around him like Suge, Nigel and the woman who had him sent to prison. It’s a 2 out of 5 for me.

  6. Chris Sonny Jr Stovall on June 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    this movie was excellent, the producer is was in the building, I thought the movie was very well written, produced, and directed. The Actor who played Tupac was excellent, he had all of Pac’s Mannerism, sound just like him. All these haters tell them to kick rocks or stop smoking them rocks.

  7. La-Chanda Sexclibra Smith on June 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    It was about Tupac, the Tupac we didn’t know, the relationships he had with people we didn’t know he had them with. 50 cent is upset because 8 mile will always be better than get rich or die trying. Smh I thought it was a wonderfully done piece from Tupac not anyone else.

  8. Tajmiah Simms on June 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    He did an excellent full length Behind the Music esq telling of Pacs life…. it was a good lifetime movie at best

  9. Kellee Sims on June 18, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I thought the film was good. I don’t think it flowed as well for me like Straight Outta Compton, but nonetheless it was a good depiction of how he came to be the Tupac we knew. I’ve seen biopics of Aaliyah and Whitney Houston which were both horrible. This was no where near that and it was believable in a lot of different parts. I think he did a great job.

  10. Taya B. on June 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I enjoyed watching the movie and will buy it on dvd when it comes out but i feel like there SHOULD be another movie about him from the beginning to the end throughout his WHOLE life because from my point of view i never seen , or knew tupac. i wasnt even born yet to know so for me to see the movie it gave me an idea but still feel like they left out important details within his life.

  11. Entangled Semantics on September 17, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Yeah it was a really poor film in all aspects, the writing was awful, Tupac’s persona was completely watered down and Demetrius did not portray a quarter of the energy Tupac had. And it was just a sloppy poor excuse of a film. They tried to squeeze in too many things and not getting what they put in right. It was doomed from the gate, you don’t hire a guy who’s only done musicvideos and 3 direct to dvd flicks to make a film about a icon like Tupac. And LT Hutton’s involvement didn’t help I’m sure, LT is friends with both Puffy and Dre, and Puffy’s name is barely mentioned in the film (despite Suge Knight having feuded with him for years and Tupac eventually did too). And no mention of Tupac’s big fallout with Dre which lead to him leaving Death Row (over Tupac calling Dre out over credit he took for songs he didn’t produce). So much inaccuracies too many to mention.