Albert Hughes on Watching Juice With 2Pac: ‘It Kind of Changed His Persona’

Albert Hughes has a particular moment with 2Pac he remembers fondly.

The filmmaker sat down with Complex to talk about The Continental, the three-part limited prequel series to John Wick that explores Winston Scott’s early life and introduces new characters into the franchise’s action.

During the conversation, Hughes, who directed the late rapper’s first three music videos alongside his brother Albert, recalled one fateful night they screened Juice for the first time together. The 1992 crime thriller was ‘Pac’s acting debut and he starred alongside Omar Epps, Samuel L. Jackson, and Queen Latifah.

“We took him to see Juice for the first time on the Paramount lot in a small private screening of, like, five people,” the 51-year-old told Complex. “He’s in between me and my brother, [who are] watching Juice for the first time, as he’s watching Juice for the first time. It blew his mind to see his image up there. It kind of changed his persona; it’s like how he knew what to do with his persona in hip-hop based on that movie. That [same] night we went back, and we were all staying in West Hollywood at this shitty hotel, and he knocked on our door and his head was shaved for the first time.”

Hughes continued, “That was the first time we saw the 2Pac image happening. It was like that night he saw his movie, he shaves his head, and then we moved on to make two more music videos, and then Thug Life shortly happened six months to a year after that.”