“She Had Nothing But Support”: Kat Graham Confused By Jada’s Criticism Of Tupac Biopic
You’ve likely heard that Jada Pinkett Smith is none too fond of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me. She stated that the portrayal of her very close relationship with the rapper, who was killed at the age of 25, was overly dramatized to a level that she can’t keep quiet about.
“Forgive me,” she wrote on Twitter, “my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to stand as truth.”
The 45-year-old would go on to point out inaccuracies involving the portrayal of their friendship before saying, “The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful.” However, she did celebrate the actors who portrayed the late rapper and herself, newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. and Kat Graham.
“To @KatGraham and @Dshippjr this is no fault of yours,” she wrote. “Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles. You both did a beautiful job with what you were given. Thank you both.”
But Graham, known for her work on The Vampire Diaries, told EOnline.com that considering Pinkett Smith allegedly had nothing but good things to say about the film leading up to her tweets, she’s taken aback by the star’s disappointment with the project.
“When I first got the role, I reached out to (her) a year and a half ago,” she said at the iHeart Radio MMVAs in Toronto yesterday. “The point of reaching out to her, as well as the other producers on the film, was to insure the integrity of the story and the character. I even spoke to her last week and she had nothing but support.”
Graham continued, “I have a lot of love for her. I hope people just see the movie and make the choice for themselves.”
Despite the mixed reviews from the likes of Smith and even rapper 50 Cent, who said after seeing the money, “that was some bullsh-t,” since being released on Friday (Pac’s 46th birthday), All Eyez on Me has surpassed monetary expectations. It landed in the third spot at the box office with $27.1 million when it was believed that the film would open with just around $17 million.