Demetrius Shipp Jr. wowed critics and fans alike for his performance as Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur in the recent film, All Eyez on Me, but one G-Unit rapper has come forward to say that he was practically offered the role before Shipp came into the picture.
“People don’t know this, but I was supposed to play Pac,” Buck said. “I didn’t get as far as going to read the scripts and things of that nature, but I was lined up as one of those guys to play Tupac."
He then made an even more unbelievable statement, saying, ”I was told I was given the role without the audition…until Pac himself came along.”
Hear what else Buck had to say about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, below.
TSR STAFF: Maurita S.! @maurita.salkey _____________________________________ #Roommates, guess which rapper might have had a shot on the big screen for the latest Tupac biopic!? Young Buck! In a recent interview, Buck states he was being considered for to play Tupac in 'All Eyez On Me.' _____________________________________ Speaking to Vlad TV, he states "I think the guy that played Pac, we need to check his birth certificate," Buck says. "People don't know this, but I was supposed to play Pac. I was supposed to play Tupac Shakur. I didn't get as far as reading the scripts and things of that nature, but I actually was lined up for -- read more at TheShadeRoom.com!
Regardless of what Buck has to say about the film, we're glad Shipp nailed the role and brought Tupac to life.
See Benny Boom discuss the pressures of All Eyez on Me with BET Celebs, above.
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