Marlon Wayans reflects on 2pac and Biggie, both of whom he saw an hour before they were killed.
Â Marlon Wayans showed up on ESPN'sÂ Numbers Never LieÂ series hosted by Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to celebrateÂ the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 film "Above The Rim" which found Wayans co-starring with the late 2pac. Wayans, who saw 2pac an hour before his untimely death, reflected on his time spent with Pac.
âMe and Pac had a great relationship,â Wayans said. âYou know what was great about Pac? Everybody think he was this thug, this gangster. First of all, he was a performance high school kid. Pac was very smart and he was very silly. He was a clown," says Wayans. "He wasnât real gangster but he acted gangster. He was a method actor, so he went a little too far. He was like, âOh, Iâll shoot you!â Pow! Heâd really shoot you. Heâd overcommit. I could tell he wasnât a gangster because he had the softest hands. No gangster has hands [like that], I call him a Palmolive thug. Heâd be like, âCome here, you want some of this,â and then heâd give you this gentle hand. It was soft. Then he had these long eyelashes looking like [Mr.] Snuffleupagus, just like, âYou donât want none of this. Iâm thug!â"
Pac, of course, was murdered not too long after the film wrapped. But where does Marlon Wayans see 2pac if he was alive today?
âI think he would have matured at this point to be the leader that I think this generation could use in a lot of ways because he was that,â Wayans said, once again making reference to Pac's gangster persona. âI think Pac was about to come to his come-to-Jesus moment where he actually became the philanthropist and the teacher that he honestly could have and should have been. He was an amazing dude. He was a well-rounded dude. Heâs missed. And he was silly. We had a lot of fun. We laughed a lot.â
Interestingly enough, Wayans was with Biggie and Pac each an hour before their respective untimely demises. However, Wayans remembers when the two legendary rivals had a different relationship.
âI saw Biggie and Pac perform together,â Wayans said. âBut before that. Okay, so Pac, the night he died, I saw him. Me andÂ Omar EppsÂ who I went to school with...I was with them. I was with my best friends. So we saw 'Pac standing outside of the Luxor. So we went on over to say whatâs up andÂ Suge [Knight]Â was there. Omar was like, âYo Iâm gonna go say whatâs up.â I was like, âHey Pac!â from far away. I was like, âMmhmm.â He had all these thugs with him. So we went over, shook his hand, said, âWhatâs up,â gave him love. We got in a cab, went off. Pac looked at us, and then he went in the car that he wound up getting shot."
Sounds like Wayan and Pac were close, but do you believe his claims that the whole "gangster image" Pac was renowned for was all just a front? Share with us your thoughts!