jada pinkett smith finds parts of the new tupac movie to be "hurtful"

Jada Pinkett Smith Calls the Tupac Biopic “Hurtful”

The Benny Boom-directed Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me, hit theaters today on what would’ve been the MC and actor’s 46th birthday. It’s been a challenging road to release for the film, which shuffled directors and struggled to find a studio in its early days, but its producers likely breathed a sigh of relief this morning when the film’s $3 million take at the box office on Thursday night was announced this morning.

But then came the commentary from Jada Pinkett Smith, a confidante and friend of Shakur’s, in a series of tweets. She said that she found All Eyez on Me‘s representation of their relationship “deeply hurtful.”

Uh oh. If that sounds like someone that’s about to shoot a shit ton of holes in something, then that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

Before signing off, Smith made sure that she alerted the actors portraying herself and Shakur, Kat Graham and Demetrius Shipp Jr., that they weren’t the reason for her feelings towards the movie. “Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles,” Smith tweeted. “You both did a beautiful job with what you were given. Thank you both.”

It’s unfortunate that Pinkett Smith was displeased with the depiction, but her thoughts seem in line with other criticisms of the film. Back in 2015, John Singleton, who was attached to direct the film at the time, walked off the movie citing his belief that Shakur’s legacy wasn’t being properly honored. “Real talk,” said Singleton in a fevered 2015 Instagram caption. “How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love for Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved.”

Singleton was referring to a 2009 lawsuit in which producers of the movie, which was to be directed by Carl Franklin at the time, tried to force Pac’s mother to give them the rights to her son’s music.

It’s worth noting that the recently announced Steve McQueen-directed Tupac Shakur documentary has already received the full support of the Shakur family.

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