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Benny Boom talks making of ‘All Eyez On Me’ (video)

Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate)

The untold story of one of the most influential hip-hop musicians of all time, All Eyez on Me releases on Digital HD today (Aug. 22) and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD Sept. 5 from Lionsgate.

In a gritty narration of the late legend Tupac Shakur’s rise and fall, newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. portrays Shakur alongside Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”) as Afeni Shakur, Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead,” Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Leila Steinberg, and Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries,” 17 Again) as Jada Pinkett Smith. Character appearances from other ’90s hip-hop legends include Dr. Dre (Harold House Moore), Snoop Dogg (Jarett Ellis), Suge Knight (Dominic L. Santana), and Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard).

Directed by Benny Boom and written by Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez and Steven Bagatourian, All Eyez on Me tells the true story of prolific rapper, actor, poet, and activist Tupac Shakur, from his early days in New York City through his evolution into one of the world’s most influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Some of his most iconic tracks were fueled by the anger and betrayal he felt at the moment.

The home entertainment release of All Eyez on Me features all-new bonus content, including featurettes chronicling the making of the film, a look at Demetrius Shipp, Jr.’s transformation into Tupac, exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes, and cast audition tapes.

Shipp’s dynamic performance had many doing a double-take, as he embodied the hip-hop icon’s persona. The movie received mixed reviews but still pulled in considerable box office success. There are several additional projects related to Tupac in the works.

Peep the exclusive clip of Boom reflecting on the events that led to Tupac’s untimely death while exploring the events that ultimately shaped him as a person and inspired the iconic albums he released.

See the video, after the break.

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  1. britishrose on August 22, 2017 at 11:24 am

    TUPAC is an icon because black people said so . . we dont care what no white folks think of him he is our bob marley legacy type . he is up there with bob marley in my head , demtris did a great job characterizing tupac. i felt like tupac was back for amoment . and he really is back in many ways 200 years from now people will still be talking about him , maybe he didnt do anything monumental but write music but he is a legacy be cause he was a poet and our friend

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