Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Juice”
I’m a huge fan of Juice, so much so that I actually own the movie on DVD and can quote a lot of it (mostly Tupac Shakur’s more explicit scenes, which I can’t do in full on here…). Director Ernest Dickerson’s feature film debut is one of his most beloved works. So after years of watching and saying “You got the juice now” to myself in the mirror, I wondered, what is the cast looking like now? After doing some digging, I’ve got answers:
Juice was actually Kain’s first full-length feature film role, and he definitely was memorable as Raheem, the glue that held the “Wrecking Crew” together. Sadly, in order to have the power and to live recklessly, Bishop had to take our beloved Raheem out. After doing the film, Kain played Nia Long’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Marvin, in Love Jones, Maya’s husband Darnell in “Girlfriends” (he took over for Flex Alexander) and played good guy-turned rapist Bill in For Colored Girls. His scenes in that film still make me shudder. You can follow Kain on Instagram, and he still looks good!
Like Kain, Juice was also Omar Epps’ first full-length feature film role, and for a while there, we weren’t sure if his character of Q was going to make it out of that one alive. But he did, and Epps has gone on to have a very successful career. He was on “ER” for a while back in the day, in the movie The Mod Squad, Love and Basketball and on the show “House M.D.” Epps is currently bringing in big ratings for ABC as Agent Bellamy on “Resurrection.”
Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins
The Lean on Me star went on to nab the role of “Steel,” the “Wrecking Crew” member less concerned with having juice, and more concerned about folks tearing up stuff in his mother’s home. After Juice, Hopkins had roles here and there, with his most consistent work being “The Wayans Bros.” and the movies Phat Beach, How To Be A Player, and most recently, a film called Zoo.
George O. Gore II
Gore’s first role was as Brian, the little brother of Epps’ character, Q. With his lisp and high-top fade, Gore was adorable. He continued to have a successful career after Juice, playing G in “New York Undercover,” Michael Kyle, Jr. in “My Wife and Kids” and Ray in Dance Flick. He most recently was on the short-lived BET show, “Second Generation Wayans.”
Continuously going head-to-head with Shakur’s character of Bishop, Vincent Laresca’s Radames was a leader of his own crew, and he went out of his way to rough up Bishop every time he caught him walking down the street. That decision backfired on him once Bishop lost his mind and what not…
But since playing Radames, Laresca has gone on to have roles in some huge projects: Romeo + Juliet, the show “413 Hope St,” Before Night Falls and most recently, the USA show, “Graceland.”
For one of her first feature film roles, En Vogue member Cindy Herron did a pretty good job as Q’s older boo, Yolanda. And she went on to do more off and on-screen work, with and without En Vogue (including playing Deena in a stage version of “Dreamgirls”). Her most recent work includes David E. Talbert’s “A Fool And His Money,” and an En Vogue Christmas, which will premiere on Lifetime this holiday season.
Sorry for the blurry ‘before’ pic, film clips were quite blurry on YouTube. Harris, both a writer and actress, was pretty big in the ’90s. She was in the film Zebrahead before doing Juice, and in the latter, she played Raheem’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son. After doing Juice, Harris was on the show “Picket Fences,” Dangerous Minds, Girls Town (which she wrote) and the short-lived show “UC: Undercover.”
She didn’t have a major role in the film, but Latifah played a no-nonsense Ruffhouse M.C. seeking out the best DJs for a huge battle (which Q took part in). Of course, we all know that Latifah has had a huge career ever since. She was the star of “Living Single,” received an Academy Award nomination for her work as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, and is currently the host of “The Queen Latifah Show,” her second talk show.
Samuel L. Jackson
As Trip, owner of a local bar of sorts, Jackson didn’t have that much on-screen time, but as always, his role was important. Jackson has had massive fame in Hollywood since, and is one of the highest paid actors doing it. He just finished production as Nick Fury on the newest Avengers movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Jackson has come a mighty long way.
Of course, we all know that Shakur is long gone, having passed away in 1996. But we also know that Shakur was working on a very promising acting career after his portrayal of trigger-happy Bishop was lauded by critics. After doing Juice, his first starring role, Shakur went on to have roles in Above The Rim, Poetic Justice, Gridlock’d and Bullet. His last role was as corrupt cop Det. Rodriguez alongside James Belushi in Gang Related.