Demetrius Shipp Jr. poses for a portrait at the "All Eyez on Me" junket at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif, June 5, 2017.
Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP
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Demetrius Shipp Jr. never acted before playing Tupac Shakur in "All Eyez on Me" but his connections to the rapper, and to acting, go back to his childhood.Shipp's dad is a music producer who worked on one of Shakur's songs.Those connections didn't exactly prepare Shipp to play Shakur in a biopic but a four-year delay between casting and production was enough time for the look-alike to get camera-ready.Producer L.T. Hutton, a former Death Row Records producer who worked with Shakur, said he needed to cast a lead actor audiences would believe as Tupac, and Shipp was the one.
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