Many people don’t like what they see in the new Tupac Shakur’s big screen biopic.
On Friday, writer Kevin Powell filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Lionsgate, Morgan Creek Productions and others, alleging that significant portions of the film are pulled from interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine in the 1990s. The suit demands that the movie be pulled from theaters and that Powell be given a share of its profits ($34.7 million). All Eyez is framed around conversations an unnamed journalist (Hill Harper) had with the rapper while he served time in prison in 1995, after being found guilty of sexual abuse.
The highest-profile opponent of the new biopic is Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, who is played in All Eyez by Kat Graham. The actress went to Maryland’s Baltimore School for the Arts with the hip-hop icon, who gives her a poem he wrote for her in an early scene of the movie. Pinkett-Smith tweeted last Friday, “Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know that poem existed until it was printed in his book. Pac never said goodbye to me before leaving for (Los Angeles). He had to leave abruptly and it wasn’t to pursue his career.”
She also added that a squabble between Shakur and Pinkett-Smith depicted late in the film never happened. “I’ve never been to any of Pac’s shows by his request,” she wrote. “We never had an argument backstage.” She ended by praising Graham’s and Shipp’s performances, saying, “You both did a beautiful job with what you were given.” Read more about the article USA Today