Tupac Shakur Acting Career

In addition to rapping and hip hop music, Shakur acted did a little acting. He made his first film appearance in the motion picture Nothing But Trouble, as part of a cameo by the Digital Underground. His first starring role was in the film Juice inwhich he played the character Bishop, a trigger happy teen, for which he was hailed by Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers as “the film’s most magnetic figure.”  He went on to star with Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice (for which he was nominated outstanding actor in 1994, but did not win) and with Duane Martin in Above the Rim. After his death, three of Shakur’s completed films, Bullet, Gridlock’d and Gang Related, were released.

He had also been slated to star in the Hughes brothers’ film Menace II Society but was replaced by Larenz Tate after assaulting Allen Hughes as a result of a quarrel. Director John Singleton mentioned that he wrote the script for Baby Boy with Shakur in mind for the leading role.  It was eventually filmed with Tyrese Gibson in his place and released in 2001, five years after Shakur’s death. The film features a mural of Shakur in the protagonist‘s bedroom as well as featuring the song “Hail Mary” in the film’s score