Bishop, you're crazy!
You know what? Last time you said that, I was kinda trippin', right? But now, you're right. I am crazy. And you know what else? I don't give a fuck.
When Juice dropped, the world realized that Tupac Shakur was for real. This wasn't a vanity role, or filmmakers looking for a gimmicky way to drum up interest in their film; Pac could act. Released a year following his debut film role, in which he was credited as “Digital Underground member” in Nothing But Trouble, Pac transformed himself—perhaps a little too convincingly—into the sinister Roland Bishop, who was drunk off the power of the gun and filled with anger at his enemies, both real and perceived: the police, rival crews, bodega owners, his former friends. Tupac perfectly channeled all of the frustration of growing up poor and black in the inner city into a powder-keg performance, and highlighted how that cocktail could turn even the brightest minds cold. As terrifyingly ruthless as Bishop was, Pac's charm and wit were still on full display—you simply can't take your eyes off him. But the biggest surprise was the way he fully gave himself over to the role, showing a fire and passion that would become the centerpiece of his lasting legacy, both on camera and on the mic. —khal