Tupac Shakur’s Claim That Janet Jackson Demanded He Take an AIDS Test for a Love Scene in ‘Poetic Justice’ Was a PR Stunt

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson

One of Tupac Shakur’s most beloved film roles was as Lucky in Poetic Justice. He confirmed his versatility, starring as an bold single father who falls in love throughout a street journey. His main woman was none aside from Janet Jackson. While Tupac was thrilled to work with Jackson, he walked away from the movie confused on the place they stood as buddies after alleging that Jackson and her camp demanded that he take an AIDS take a look at for a love scene. 

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Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson through Twitter

Tupac Shakur claimed Janet Jackson demanded he take an AIDS take a look at for love scene in ‘Poetic Justice’

Tupac mentioned issues have been going high quality on set till he was approached in his trailer by a member of the movie crew to take an AIDS take a look at in an effort to take part within the love scene with Jackson.

“I don’t know if it was Janet that it came from, but suddenly, out of the blue, they wanted me to take an AIDS test for this love scene and I did not disagree if we were really gonna make love,” he mentioned in an interview after filming wrapped. “I said, ‘If I can make love with Janet Jackson, I’ll take four AIDS tests.’ “But if I’m gonna do a love scene with her just like somebody else did and they didn’t take a test, I’m not taking a test. Not only am I not taking the test, but get out of my trailer.”

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Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson through Twitter

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Even after the dialog, he defined that 4 extra folks on the crew approached him in an try to sway his choice. After refusing, Tupac says the love scene was scrapped total and so they settled for an on-screen kiss.

Despite the uncomfortable request, he maintained that he and Jackson remained pleasant throughout filming. According to him, the Pleasure Principle singer even gave him her quantity to stay in touch. Tupac revealed in the identical interview that when he dialed the quantity, it was now not in service.

John Singleton later defined that he created the AIDS take a look at demand for publicity for the movie

Singleton wrote and directed Poetic Justice and was additionally buddies with Tupac off-set and the 2 typically joked. Singleton defined in a 2011 interview with VIBE that he was the one who got here up with the thought to inform Tupac he needed to take an AIDS take a look at for the love scene.

“That was a publicity stunt we came up with. Me, Janet, Tupac, Regina King and Joe Torry were sitting on the set. Everyone is trying to impress Janet anyway. I was like, “Man I don’t know about this love scene. You’ve been hitting all this s**t. I don’t know if I want you touching my actress,’” he recalled.

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Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson through Twitter

Singleton corroborated Tupac’s account of him denying the request. Tupac’s co-star, Joe Torry, instructed VIBE that after so many requests from the movie crew, coupled with jokes about it, Tupac turned enraged. Seeing his response and figuring out Tupac’s incapacity to regulate himself, Singleton used the state of affairs as publicity for the movie.

“You do s**t like that and you know everyone is going to be talking about our movie,” Singleton mentioned.

Singleton’s stunt labored. Poetic Justice opened at No. 1 throughout its opening weekend. 

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