Monday, March 17, 2008

Notorious B.I.G. to be Immortalized in Film

The New York Times ran a piece about the upcoming biopic of 1990s rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who will be portrayed by rapper Gravy. From some parts of the article, there is some reason to worry that Biggie will be portrayed as something he wasn't:

Mr. Tillman said that the movie’s Notorious B.I.G. would sharply differ from that rapper’s harsh public image. “The major theme we’re working toward is family, being a man, what it takes to be a man,” he said. The movie follows Mr. Wallace from childhood in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn through his death, and various scenes will “capture the spirit and reason for certain things” without making detailed accusations, Mr. Tillman said.

Over the years Mr. Wallace’s killing has been attributed to vendettas and conspiracies. In lawsuits still being contested in federal court here his family has sought at least $700 million from the City of Los Angeles and others, based on claims that members of the police force were complicit in the crime.

Mr. Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace, who is a producer of the film — along with his former associates Wayne Barrow, Mark Pitts, Sean Combs and others, who have various producing credits — said the project would deliberately steer clear of the controversy. “That’s going to be another movie,” Ms. Wallace said.

Ray, Walk the Line and 8 Mile all portrayed the flaws and tendencies of the main characters towards womanizing, drug addiction and/or violence. A great deal of Biggie's songs were about how gangsta he was and what sort of guns he was carrying and it won't be very convincing if he is portrayed as a good guy who was killed tragically but without any warning. Nevertheless, I do look forward to seeing it.

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