Kat Graham Is Taken Aback by Jada Pinkett Smith’s Harsh Criticism of ‘All Eyez on Me’
Benny Boom’s Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me, is currently killing the game at the box office, but the criticism of the film has been vicious.
The film, which stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the late rap legend, was highly anticipated and long-awaited. Criticism calling the movie inaccurate, however, has been pretty visceral. One of the most vocal critics has been actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who was extremely close to Tupac. In the film, she is portrayed by Kat Graham. After the movie’s premiere, Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to express her concerns. She said, “Forgive me… my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez on Me to stand as truth. . . . .The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful.” Despite the issues the Girls Trip actress had with the film, she did take a moment to praise both Shipp and Graham. “To @KatGraham and @Dshippjr this is no fault of yours,” she wrote. “Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles. You both did a beautiful job with what you were given. Thank you both.”
Forgive me… my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to stand as truth.Pac…
Graham, who spoke with JETmag.com a few months ago about her role in the film, was taken aback by Pinkett Smith’s words. According to EOnline.com, Graham responded during the iHeart Radio Much Music Awards in Toronto yesterday, saying, “When I first got the role, I reached out to [her] a year and a half ago. The point of reaching out to her, as well as the other producers on the film, was to ensure the integrity of the story and the character. I even spoke to her last week, and she had nothing but support.” She added, “I have a lot of love for her. I hope people just see the movie and make the choice for themselves.”
Despite its poor reviews, All Eyez on Me has defied box office expectations. Before its release, it was projected to earn approximately $17 million. Over its opening weekend, the film brought in just over $27 million.
Did you see the film? If so, what did you think?