Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making of “Baby Boy”

September 5, 2012 ‐ By


Jody, Jody, Jody. Though he had some super triflin’ ways, we couldn’t completely rule him out. Perhaps because we saw how he shut ole girl down, though she was doing her best to seduce him. Or more likely, we liked him because he reminded us of a manchild we’ve known (or still know) in our own lives. Either way, watching Jody grow up throughout the course of the movie Baby Boy, was so real and so entertaining and the very talented cast, helped to bring this already relateable story to life. You know the plot, the outcome and those memorable characters; but we bet you don’t know the behind the scenes secrets of this hood classic.


Tupac was supposed to play the role of Jody

Though anyone can see why Tupac would have been great for this role, it’s still  a bit eery to think that he was supposed to portray Jody. The role was written specifically for him. But when he died in 1996, Singleton shelved the project. The role probably wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch for the rapper turned actor considering he vacillated between the sensitive, socially conscious poet to the thugged out gangster rapper. So the inclusion of Tupac’s face looming over Jody is no coincidence. In a review of the film, the New York Times pointed out just how powerful and symbolic that mural was: “His image, hovering behind Jody and Melvin, is a haunting reminder of what is at stake for Jody.”


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  • Tupac went to the school of performing arts before his Rap career so acting would be considered to be his primo forte. How do ya think it was possible to switch from a dancer to a thug life poster boy, regardless of the Black Panther family association?

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  • SayWhat!

    Babyboy I love that movie it is a hood classic, glad it was no remake every movie don’t need a sequel because alot of times the story don’t come together right or different actors i like it as is.

  • iReezy

    Taraji looks absolutely amazing period, but especially to be in her 40s!!

  • britchick91

    Love that film. Can you imagine if played Jody OMG

    • linda

      I must be the only one that did not like that film. Eh o well

  • Observing

    I would have liked to know the behind the scene stuff but I be dam if imma click thru all that ish

  • Sorry but the movie was whack. Didnt like it at all. And i dont t understand the ‘craze’ with the movie. When it comes on, i dont watch it… and besides, Snoop ole non actin self is wat really made the movie horrible.

    • DILLIGAF98

      I completely agree that Snoop did some horrribbbleee acting in this movie but overall still liked it.

      • And of course… i have been encountered by the ‘hater’ association…. Mad cause i spoke MY mind…

        • DILLIGAF98

          Girl, that’s the voices in your head hating on one another. I said I agreed Snoop sucked but I (let me repeat it) I liked the movie. IDC if you liked it or not and you’re definitely not important enough for me to start “hating” on you.

    • Vandellish

      I just never understood what it was that proved Jody had ‘matured’…he still wasn’t really working, and didn’t discuss going to school or legitimizing his business or even marrying his woman. It seemed like they could’ve wrapped things up much better.
      Our community tends to overly praise efforts such as this but it only proves that there simply aren’t enough high-level films/shows featuring us because then we’d have higher standards.

      • Vandellish

        Someone told me that they DID get married. So I missed on that (it’s been a while) but the other questions remain.

      • sweettea

        Yvette was wearing a giant ring set on her finger in the last scene where she’s pregnant and they’re playing cards in the park

      • hollywood2343

        he never matured there should have been a part 2 to this movie long time ago never too late

    • linda

      AGREEEEE i thought the film was so boring

  • IllyPhilly

    No, no sequel. Leave it be. LOVE me some Ving! It’s something about those BIG scary men that make ya go ooooh! RIP MCD!!

  • I think this movie was cast perfectly, and I loved the Tupac mural over Jody’s bed!! I was just watching it the other day & said “I wonder what John Singleton’s baby girl is looking like now!” She’s gorgeous!

    This movie is still one of my favs!! “Jody! Lil’ Jody!” (In my scary Ving Rhames voice)!!! LOL!!!

    • Barry Howard

      I really thought that mural was awesome with a capital A as well Tee.