John Singleton Says He Left The Country For A Month After Tupac Died + More (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Tupac Shakur would have had a “limetime of films” with director John Singleton according to the acclaimed director. In an interview for The Hollywood Reporters’ Hollywood Masters, John Singleton spoke on the marginization of the Black culture in Black films as well as reveal that Tupac was meant to star in another legendary film of Singleton’s.

Singleton is set to direct the highly anticipated Tupac biopic and worked with the late rapper in the 1993 film Poetic Justice. According to the article, Tupac was meant to be in Singleton’s 2001 film Baby Boy as the director “planned to do a lifetime of films with him”. Tupac passed on September 13th, 1996, five years before the film was released and after Singleton found out of Shakur’s death he decided to make a drastic change:

The lady I was dating at the time told me that he had passed — he had been shot days before, but he [had] just passed. It set my life on a whole other trajectory. I went and left the country for about a month. I just couldn’t cope. … I felt, the danger ain’t sexy anymore. I got to change it up, not necessarily just as a filmmaker, but just as a person, and kind of grow up.

Singleton was also highly critical of how major movie studios are portraying the Black culture and the internal racism that exists:

[Studio executives say] ‘We’re going to take your stories but, you know what? You’re going to go starve over here and we’re not going to let you get a job.’ The so-called liberals that are in Hollywood now are not as good as their parents or ancestors. They feel that they’re not racist. They grew up with hip-hop, so [they] can’t be racist. ‘I like Jay Z, but that don’t mean I got to give you a job.’

Check out John Singleton’s full interview below:

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  • Guillaume Pilon

    for the 1000th time…..singleton talking bout tupac and the baby boy movie

    • Dontoure Smith

      Then why did you read it?

      • Word

      • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

        To have something to b@tch and gripe about. These cats are the whiniest homophobes on the net.

  • Montezuma1

    John I hope you get this film made so it can flop and we can be rid of you and Tupac once and for all. You’re really gonna play the race card to get a movie about a rapper who embodied every negative stereotype of the black male as a marketing ploy made? Tupac spawned a generation of rap impersonators who in turn spawned legions of fans who were either directly or indirectly influenced by Pac’s antics. The man was an ACTOR. When he was with Digital Underground he was Humpty dancing. He went on his own and tried to play off his pro-black origins. That didn’t get him the success he wanted then came Juice which preceded the infamous Atlanta cop shooting he didn’t do. From there he saw the value of negativity and allowed it to consume him. Just a young fool trying to get rich or die trying. Sound familiar? It should. There’s a bunch more just like him. His story isn’t special at all. It’s typical.

    • Ace

      Someone catching feelings hahaha go be sad alone while thinking of how big tupac is and always will while for u no ones knows u.

      • Montezuma1

        Catching feelings? He’s dead and died broke. I’ve already surpassed him. M concern is for fatherless imps like yourself who choose to emulate a lifestyle promoted by Pac that did him no good… Whatsoever.

      • Ace

        Surpassed him? Even your family forget u exist and they don’t like u.” Nggaz tlk alot of shit but after am gone coz they fear me in a phisical form, bttr be known” hahaha

      • Montezuma1

        Your hero went to the HS of Performing Arts. No one who strikes fear in anyone’s heart goes to those type of schools. Dummy. What did you like about Pac? Was it the leather vests? The nose ring or the poster of him taking a bubble bath? Come on. Come clean.

      • u sound like a fan

      • Montezuma1

        You got me all figured out smarty pants.

      • you probably born rich and with money in your pocket, you sound like you listen drake all day long.. so what did you like about him? homophobic boy

      • Celz

        Lmao that’s the most ignorant statement I’ve seen. Pac ain’t hard cuz he went to performing arts school lmao.. I ain’t even a Pac a fan like that my nicca him and Biggie are hella overrated but damn bro you need to look in the mirror. There is a deeper issue at work because you really going in on a dead man.. There are plenty of targets that’s livin. Why don’t you go holla at some fake rappers that’s really breathin my nicca..

      • Montezuma1

        You was probably in DRAMA class with him. Go braid somebody hair. Bytch.

      • Celz

        Lmao you internet thuggin huh.. Spare me the pathetic attempt to boost your ego via keyboard. I’m good in these streets from Compton to San Bernardino if you got somethin to say holla when you touch down. I don’t even fucc with Pac you just sound like a hoe with low self esteem and an obsession. Calling out fake thugs by net banging you sound like a fuccin Dave Chappelle skit.. Niccas these days..

      • Montezuma1

        “I’m good in these streets” says the lame. All lames use the same line to self-promote. Ni99a who are you? I mean really. Tell the truth. You still live at home and borrow your mom’s car on weekends to go on dates. Right? Do you even have a job? What did you do to be so good in these streets? Rep your hood in the comment section? Man you are one tough cookie.

      • Celz

        Rep my hood, when? I don’t bang.. Lol you makin shyt up to boost your self esteem? You strugglin that bad my nicca? Self esteem that low? You attackin dead people and strangers cuz you’re not man enough to do it in real life? What there ain’t no fake thugs in your city to call out? Why you running your anti-fake thug campaign online? Lol it’s because you’re the biggest one you know dumb nicca.. Lmao @ you like everyone else..

      • Montezuma1

        Oh I know you don’t bang. You’re just a cyber warrior sitting at home in front of your mom’s desk top with a bucket on your head for a helmet and a broomstick for a rifle fighting a virtual war in these comment sections. “I’m good in these streets.” says the guy addicted to the internet. Go find a broad or something. You need something to do bad.

      • Celz

        Now you givin me advice but it’s crickets on what I said? Just like I thought.. What happened to settin all these fake net thugs straight? I heard there were some Pac fans on WSHH go get em with yo funny style suburban ass..

      • Montezuma1

        Ni99a you still here? Didn’t I tell you to go fukk your mother?!

    • ihatefaggots

      Hater u a faggot

      • Montezuma1

        The faggot is the guy with the ring in his nose who wanted out of prison so bad after 8 months that he signed a contract on a napkin. The same guy who shot his own testicle off and fronted like he shot two cops in Atlanta. The same faggot who went to the HS of Performing Arts with all the other fags. Are you boiling mad yet? Good. Now go kill yourself. lol

      • Sy

        I don’t think he was ever shot in the testicle, I think it was his femoral artery. His mother was on crack and he lived in various shelters, but music was his escape. If he went to a HS of Performing Arts, it’s probably because he liked…… “Performing Arts”….nothing soft about that, and high school isn’t a good benchmark to categorize someone, because their not adults yet. There’s nothing wrong with wanting out of prison to sign a deal with a powerhouse record label; plus, it didn’t seem like prison scared him straight…to me. I’m not a fan of nose rings, but I definitely wouldn’t underestimate someone that had one.

      • hoeyuno

        Nah he died with one nut..no hate just sayin

      • Meech

        How y’all know how many nuts this man died with tho lol js!

      • hoeyuno

        back when pac got shot and robbed in NY it was rumored that he got shot in the balls. Biggie even says some ish about it in a song….but I just googled that ish to see if it was even true and no it was bullshit!!

      • Montezuma1

        Sy, get a clue.

      • Sy

        Could you be more specific…..

    • Executive

      Puffy must have paid you to say all that.

      • Montezuma1

        Fukk Puffy too. That was a disgraceful period in not just rap but contemporary urban history. What ensued was a celebration of shame and shameful people.

    • Celz

      Go ride on Chief Keef, Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Thug. You sound like damn fool rantin and ravin about a nicca that died damn near 2 decades ago. Whatever your gripe with Pac is I’m sure you can find a nicca livin that perpetrated the same thing. If you all talk shut the fucc up, if you bout that life be about it..

      • Montezuma1

        You sound like a dyck rider. I choose to attack the root rather than the branches. By attacking Pac I attack all the impersonators swinging from his nuts in one swoop. Including you. Faggot.

      • Celz

        How is he the root he’s dead dumb nicca, go attack something in real life.. like a job keyboard avenger. Sit yo simple ass down. Guarantee you a bitkh in the streets anyway square ass nicca..

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  • Montezuma1

    I’m gonna have fun with the Tupac stans. Grown men sweating another man so much that they take it personal if someone disapproves. Who raised you ni99as? Your grandma and your groupie moms? Ask yourself why do you care so much about any man you never met including me. It’s the bytch in you. You get it from your momma. lol

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    • OnlyTheReal

      So when in the 90s were you born? 92, 93….

    • Celz

      Why do you care so much brah? It’s a 2 way street my G.

      • Montezuma1

        I’m having fun. Ni99as getting emotional and I’m pushing buttons for rec.

  • Montezuma1

    These new ni99as. Chicks got it rough. Y’all wanna wear skirts, sport long hair, wear jeggings, wax eyebrows and climb on dicks. Just watch a marathon of Big Feedia on Fuse. That’s what y’all call gangsta nowadays. lol

  • Brick Soulja

    I didn’t realize how long it’s been since that movie came out.

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  • hoeyuno

    he’s frontin..Baby boy wasn’t even written when Pac was alive

  • hoeyuno

    Is that British guy Mr.bean??

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  • “The so-called liberals that are in Hollywood now are not as good as their parents or ancestors. They feel that they’re not racist. They grew up with hip-hop, so [they] can’t be racist. ‘I like Jay Z, but that don’t mean I got to give you a job.’ ” –Speak on it!

  • Dan_Tebasco

    I watched the whole video I saw no mentionings of Tupac in it

  • I could actually see Tupac in Baby Boy. Tupac had skills as an actor. I can’t front.

  • Jayson C Williams

    He’s right. That’s exactly how I see it. They’ll drink kid share black & white jokes with you but that doesn’t mean they want you to work for them or even become their neighbor. Ain’t shit really change, it’s just hidden.

    • You just dropped some real sh*t right there. In a lot of instances racism is more unpredictable today than it was back then. At least those idiots were out in the open about it. Now these cats could do dirty sh*t behind your back and take your livelihood on some sneak sh*t.

  • La’shaun Saint Claire

    Very nICE, VERY;