Marcc Rose took on the task of portraying one of the most iconic figures in Hip Hop history. The 23-year-old actor was tapped by director F. Gary Gray to play Tupac Shakur in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, and Rose has also been working with John Singleton on a movie about Pac's life.
"It got put on hold. There were too many hands in the pot. Honestly, they were trying to push it in the direction of the Aaliyah biopic," Rose told Ebro In The Morning. "No diss to the Aaliyah biopic, but they didn't have the rights. The music wasn't in there. We're just trying to make sure [the 2Pac biopic] is done right. At that moment it wasn't. It was put on pause."
The Lifetime produced Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B was universally panned by professional critics, fans, and associates of the late R&B singer. With Pac's legacy being so heavily protected by his supporters, a similar outcome for a movie about the "Holla If Ya Hear Me" emcee would be devastating to his fan base.
Rose seems to understand the potential blow-back from creating a poorly received image of 2Pac. He was asked about feeling any pressure from acting as the legend in Straight Outta Compton.
"It was a lot of pressure to me, because of who Pac was. This is my first film. So I said if I'm coming out the gate, I got to make sure this is done right," expressed Rose. "I got to make sure how I portray him is realistic. I don't want it to be a character of Pac. I want his fans to be able to see him in me."
He was promoting his upcoming solo album, "Crosseyed Heart," which comes out on September 18.
But in the course of the interview, he had some pretty harsh things to say about rap music and heavy metal too.
Here are some excerpts, from Rolling Stone...
On rap: "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."
On heavy metal: "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes."
He even took a shot at the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers" album, calling it "a mishmash of rubbish..."
Here's the most amazing thing - that the interviewer was able to understand what he was saying. Keith is not known for giving the most intelligible interviews.
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