Bokeem Woodbine plays Officer Daryn Dupree in Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., and the 10-episode USA project had a personal resonance for the actor.
Woodbine struck up a friendship with Tupac and also worked with the artist on the “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” music video. The actor also reunites with Unsolved filmmaker Anthony Hemingway (the pair worked together on the series Underground).
For folks who believe Tupac and Biggie Smalls could have easily squashed their beef or simply extricate themselves from a situation, Woodbine offers up his take. “I think it’s a very natural assumption to make while these guys were making plenty of money, they could just leave the life as it were, but it’s just that cut and dry,” says Woodbine. “And in those days, artists were living their words. Their reality was intertwined with their artistry. It wasn’t as homogenized and sterilized as hip-hop has become.”
Click on the media bar to hear how Woodbine talk about the acting “tightrope” he encountered while working on Unsolved:
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., co-starring Josh Duhamel, premieres February 27 on USA Network. (10 PM et/pt).