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How Tupac was cast in "Juice"

Tupac in Juice

In this week's Academy Originals we sat down with writer/director Ernest Dickerson who recounts the story about hiring a young (and relatively unknown) Tupac Shakur in the gritty film "Juice".

"Tupac at that time was still a background singer and roadie for Digital Underground," Dickerson recalled. "And while we were shooting he was always writing," Dickerson added, suspecting that what he was writing were some of the powerful tunes that people have been listening to for decades now.

For another interesting story about how actors were chosen, check out casting director Marci Liroff ("Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"', "Mean Girls") revealing how Henry Thomas was cast as Elliott in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."