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Regina King remembers her close friendship with Tupac: “We just became peas in a pod”


ABC/Rick RowellSeptember 13th marks the 23rd anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, and his Poetic Justice co-star, Regina King, fondly remembers her close friendship with the iconic rapper.

“One Christmas, we drove out to Atlanta to spend the holidays with him,” the Oscar-winner tells Vulture.“That was the last time I really got to spend time with him. God willing, your last time with someone can always be one of joy.”

King met Tupac when they were reading the script for Poetic Justice in 1993 — she’d gotten into a car accident on the way to the set in fact. She recalls how Shakur drove her around for the rest of the day.

“We just became peas in a pod after that,” she says.

Poetic Justice was Tupac’s second film; he made his acting debut in 1992’s Juice. King recalls she was  mesmerized by his appearance.

“You could just get lost in his eyes,” she says. “You could feel like you saw all the pain, all the joy, all the everything. All at the same time.”

Poetic Justice was King’s second film, following her movie debut in 1991’s Boyz n the Hood.  King’s next role is as policewoman Angela Abar in HBO’s new series Watchmen, premiering October 20.

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