Talk about creative differences!
Making a movie about someone’s life is no easy task. Especially when the person has passed away, trying to shape what amounts to stories, recollection, and gossip into a definitive representation of the person’s life can seem nearly impossible, even more so when the person was as well-known and influential as Tupac. L.T. Hutton opened up to The Breakfast Club about how the process can often go in the wrong direction. According to him, he had some significant creative differences with John Singleton, who was set to direct Tupac’s biopic All Eyez On Me.
The creative differences included some pretty risqué scenes.
According to the interview that L.T. Hutton gave to The Breakfast Club, John Singleton is parting from his role as director of the upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, due to creative differences. “Creative differences” can be a euphemism for a lot of things, ranging from casting to cinematography, but in this case, it boiled down to Singleton wanting to include some pretty risqué scenes from Tupac’s life that may or may not even be factual.
L.T. Hutton was not interested, saying that they would defame Tupac. Once you see what they were, you might agree.
L.T. Hutton insists that one of the biggest reasons for parting ways from Singleton was because his intentions for making the movie reflected too much on himself and not enough on Tupac.
“We parted ways over creative differences and if I was to put those differences out there, the world would understand,” said Hutton. “To make it about you, that was the problem. This is not about you. It’s not my story. It’s Tupac’s story. It’s not about Benny Boom. It wasn’t about him. It is about Tupac.”
Hutton and Benny Boom, the current director, said that Singleton was not on good terms with Tupac when the rapper died at the age of 25. Judging from the scenes he wanted to include, this may be the truth.
In this video, Hutton and Boom go into detail about what kinds of scenes Singleton wanted to include in the film. Many of them are risqué and certainly would have inspired audiences to look at Tupac in an entirely different light.
According to Hutton, Singleton wanted to start out with a scene where Tupac tries to have anal sex with a white woman. When she turns him down, Tupac yells at her, “Go home and tell your dad you got f**ked by a n***** today.”
Singleton allegedly also wanted to include multiple sex scenes, which the white financers of the film did not approve of. This included a scene of Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, in a threesome.