“Notorious” Director Speaks On Biggie Film, “It Was A Challenge”

With next month’s highly anticipated release of Notorious approaching, director Bob Teitel reveals what fans should expect from the Notorious B.I.G. biopic.

In an interview on National Public Radio, Teitel said the film will offer fans a close look into the life of Biggie before and after his rise to fame. Teitel also revealed initial difficulties he faced in trying to capture the rapper’s life.

“It was an interesting film,” Teitel said. It was actually one of the toughest films we had to tackle because Christopher Wallace a.k.a. Notorious lived a short life but he lived a very rich life and to try and capture that in a biopic, it was a challenge.”

Aiming to offer fans a different side of the late emcee, Teitel revealed what viewers could expect. “Our challenge, was to bring a lot of events, that a lot of people didn’t really know about, and we touch on the East Coast, West Coast vibe a lot, too,” he added.

“With Sean Puffy’s character and Notorious, you get to see how these two kinda rose to the top with each other, definitely Puffy needed Christopher Wallace and Christoper needed Puffy and as a team they were unstoppable.”

Known for making hit films like Barbershop and Soulfood, Teitel also described how his film career was inspired by the rapper.

“For George [Tillman] and I, we made our first film in Chicago,” he explained. “And we drove to L.A. with $600 between us and one CD, and that was Notorious B.I.G., Ready To Die.”

In related news, the upcoming soundtrack will be released three days prior to the film’s release and offers demo recordings from Biggie’s early days as well as the new Jay-Z single “Brooklyn Go Hard.”

Notorious is currently scheduled to hit theaters Friday, January 16.

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