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Nipsey Hussle Originally Meant to Portray Snoop Dogg in Tupac Biopic, Director Reveals

Monica Otayza
Jun 28, 2019
12:49 P.M.

According to the director of the upcoming Tupac Biopic, Nipsey Hussle was originally meant to portray Snoop Dogg, as there would be no one better to play the part.

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Director Benny Boom shared that Nipsey Hussle was set to start venturing into acting, but these plans were all cut short after his tragic death. In the 2017 Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me," he meant to play Snoop Dogg because the two of them were similar in many ways.

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A Similar Fate

Instead, he ended up having a similar fate to Tupac Shakur, who was also gunned down during the prime time of his career. The director shared:

"Nipsey was supposed to play Snoop... we wanted him to play Snoop in 'All Eyez On Me.' We didn't have any other person that we wanted to play him."

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No Time to Film

Because of Nipsey's hectic music and tour schedule and his dedication to community work, Boom could never find the time to film him. In the end, he ultimately wasn't given this opportunity and they had to go with another actor.

"It's crazy because I didn't realize, as much as I knew Nipsey — I didn't realize how much he was driving things in his community, and to take him out of LA for that amount of time that we needed to come to Atlanta where we shot, would've just threw him off his square a little bit. Just the timing didn't work out.

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In the end, the role of Snoop was played by newcomer Jarrett Ellis. As for how the director feels about Nipsey's death, he said:

"I'm definitely upset, cause Nipsey was my guy. I am upset that we didn't get an opportunity to have him in the movie."

Nipsey's Tragic Death

Nipsey was shot dead right outside his own clothing store in LA last March. It happened in the middle of the afternoon on Slauson Avenue in Hyde Park.

Although they tried to rush him to the hospital, the rapper was proclaimed dead on arrival at 33-years-old.

He was shot at close range by a young man who escaped through a getaway car. Speculations about who orchestrated the attack were soon after revealed, especially since the shooting happened just hours after he wrote "having strong enemies is a blessing" on Twitter.

Ultimately, his family, friends, acquaintances, and fans were left distraught by what happened, especially since his career was finally starting to take off.

Now, they are trying to maintain his legacy and keep him in everyone's hearts and prayers forever.

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