Celebrating the 27th year anniversary of “Poetic Justice”, E! News released a rare Tupac interview where he talks about his role as Lucky.
“Lucky is a father and that is his number one priority is to his daughter. His commitment to his daughter. That’s what drives him everyday. That’s his ambition and that’s what he does,” Tupac says in the rewind clip via E! News. “That’s what I like about the character and that’s what drew me to the character.”
The 1993 film directed and written by the late John Singleton featured Tupac Shakur, Janet Jackson, Regina King, and Joe Torry. All who talk about their characters in the film in the exclusive rewind clip.
Shakur’s character allowed him to reflect on his own life. “It was therapeutic for this period of my life. I needed to do a part like this. It really let me look inward and see where I was as a person. As a human being. It left me with some good foundation to move on,” Tupac explained.
But, things weren’t all smooth as the movie was filmed. The story of Tupac having to take an AIDS test to lock lips with Janet Jackson is well documented. Despite the brief conflict, Jackson has always had kind words when speaking of Shakur. “Pac’ was crazy and I adored him. He was one way the way people saw him, not to say that wasn’t him but he also had another side to him, he was fun and silly,” Janet said in an interview with the real 92.3.
Tupac also didn’t seem bothered by the AIDS test request. “I do anything with Janet. I go to the beach with Janet. You can go to the trash dump. She’s great. She’s a good person. Everything you can imagine,” Tupac remembering the pop icon during the rare interview.
The three-minute video also touches on Maya Angelou’s impact on the movie. Janet Jackon’s character ‘Justice’ recites poems throughout the film, which were all written by Angelou. Tupac a poet himself, understands the importance of poetry. “Poetry is universal. More so Black people use it as a form of expression of pain,” Tupac says closing out the rare footage.
Tupac’s poetry showcased that pain when his poetry book ‘The Rose That Grew From Concrete‘ was released in 2009.