Jada Pinkett Smith is no fan of the way her friendship with Tupac Shakur is depicted in “All Eyez On Me.”
The actress, a classmate of Shakur’s at the Baltimore School for the Arts from 1986-1988, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to take issue with the way their relationship is depicted in the Skakur biopic. “All Eyez On Me,” directed by Benny Boom and starring newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, opened in theaters Friday.
“Forgive me... my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to stand as truth,” Pinkett Smith wrote in her first tweet, which she posted shortly after noon.
In the film, Shakur and Pinkett, played by Kat Graham (TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”), are together in a handful of scenes. They include one just before he leaves Baltimore for the West Coast, another when they meet while both are making movies at a Hollywood studio and a third where she berates him for the gangsta lifestyle he appears to have embraced.
Shakur reads his poem, “Jada,” to her while they’re both still living in Baltimore; she tweeted that she was not aware it existed “until it was printed in his book.”
She also tweeted that her friend “never said goodbye to me before leaving for LA,” that “"I've never been to any of Pac's shows by his request" and that they never had an argument backstage.
While she takes pains to hold both Shipp and Graham harmless — “Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles," she tweets — the film is obviously a sore point for the actress.
"The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful,” she tweeted.