Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. is well qualified to handle his role of Tupac Shakur, and the fame that will follow, after the release of the upcoming biopic “All Eyez On Me.”
Demetrius Shipp Jr. sat down for a Q&A with the Los Angeles Times explained he has been compared to Tupac since he was in high school.
“I went to school in Long Beach and all the seniors I used to kick it with called me Pac,” Demetrius Shipp Jr. told The Los Angeles Times.
One of the most challenging scenes for Shipp was re-creating the shooting of Tupac, which occurred on the Las Vegas Strip on September 7, 1996.
“I was like, ‘Dude, how many different angles are we going to shoot this from?’ because it was an emotional thing more than anything,” Shipp explained.
For fans of Tupac, Demetrius Shipp Jr. is probably the closest thing you’ll ever get to seeing the rapper alive again, even though there are many conspiracy theories floating around suggesting the rapper is hiding somewhere on the planet.
Tupac sightings have happened all around the world, from Las Vegas to New Orleans, to Cuba.
But Shipp is not a believer. The man who is bringing Tupac back to life this summer is not convinced that Pac is alive.
“A man like that would never just be able to be silent for this amount of time,” Demetrius Shipp Jr. said.
“All Eyez On Me” is due to open on June 16, on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.