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An exclusive interview with Marcc Rose who plays Tupac Shakur in ‘Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.’

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Marcc Rose portrays Tupac Shakur on the USA Network’s new, 10-episode anthology crime series, “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” It is surreal, and eerie, how much Rose physically resembles Tupac. Moreover, Rose behaves like Tupac and possesses his same mannerisms and traits. Frankly, it’s virtually impossible to differentiate Rose from Tupac. Rose’s casting was impeccable to the point that viewers may periodically forget they aren’t watching a documentary. Rose, a Brooklynite who also appeared in “Straight Outta Compton,” spoke with the Chicago News on Friday about playing the iconic hip-hop artist.

Colin Linneweber: How did you prepare to play Tupac? Did you have to do more preparation for this role than for roles you’ve had in the past?

Marcc Rose: I found the books he read and read them. I studied the way he walked, talked and the way he moved. It was the little details that can easily get overlooked when having a casual conversation with someone. I was also fortunate enough to have Tupac’s older brother, Mopreme Shakur, on set with me while we filmed the show. He gave me so much insight on Tupac and how he lived his life.

Linneweber: How familiar were you with the murders of Tupac and Biggie before you won the role? Did you have to do an extensive amount of research into the murders and the events that preceded them?

Rose: I didn’t know much about the murders. I was either 4 or 5 years old when they passed. I knew nothing other than how they were portrayed in the media, which at the time was about the mess between the East Coast and West Coast. I didn’t know the extent of their friendship. I also didn’t know that there was a thorough investigation that took place and that people were testifying. The amount of research I needed to do was intense, especially knowing the arena I was about to enter.

Linneweber: Whom do you personally believe killed Tupac and Biggie?

Rose: Personally, I wasn’t there and I don’t have a relationship with anyone who was in either vehicle when those scenarios took place. So, I can’t really say. What I do know is they were both kids. Biggie was 24 and Tupac was 25. They were two young kids who were important to not only the hip-hop community, but the world.

Linneweber: Do you believe the LAPD conspired to cover-up and/or perpetrate these slayings?

Rose: I believe there were some cops who really tried to get this case solved. I also believe that there were other cops who weren’t relaying proper information in a timely matter. Basically, I think some cops were crooked and could have possibly been involved.

Linneweber: How was the chemistry between you and the other actors?

Rose: Great! We supported each other during filming and came together for the project. We also partied a lot together (laughs)!

Linneweber: Are there any parallels or similarities between your life and Tupac’s?

Rose: One of the biggest similarities between Tupac and I would have to be his passion. He was such a passionate person and you could see that in the way he would speak about certain things. If you know me, I’m the same way. It’s kind of hard for me to not go after something, especially if I’m passionate about it.

Linneweber: Did you meet any of the families of the persons portrayed on this show? If so, what was the meeting like?

Rose: I was fortunate enough to have Tupac’s older brother, Mopreme Shakur, on set with me while filming the show. He gave me so much insight into Pac. He made sure things were authentic when it came to this story because he’s familiar with it.

Linneweber: In your opinion, which character/role is the most comprehensive one on the show?

Rose: It’s hard to say which character is the most comprehensive. I think if it were a movie or documentary the answer would be much easier. But, because we’re on a series, many characters on the show become comprehensive throughout each episode.

Linneweber: Were there any moments or scenes that you would have done differently if you were the scriptwriter, and why?

Rose: There’s nothing I would do differently and I say that with all the pride in the world. I`m happy with what we completed and I’m excited for the world to finally witness the story unfold.

Linneweber: Do you think these murders will ever be solved? Why do you feel this way?

Rose: It’s kind of hard to solve something like this when so much time has passed. A lot of people who were around at the time these murders took place are now either in jail, not speaking, or deceased. I think that after Unsolved, people will be able to draw their own conclusions.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. CST.

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