The murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. are about to be brought under the spotlight once again in USA Network's limited TV series Unsolved, but we're going to see a lot more than just the details of their murder cases, reports E! News.
Josh Duhamel, who plays Detective Greg Kading on the show, revealed in a recent interview with E! News that while he did as much research on the cases as he could, his interest in the story went a little deeper than just the facts on the surface.
"What I wanted to do and what I think they did a great job of was figuring out how and sort of unpacking what these families went through, losing these two," he said in the interview.
"Yeah, they were great artists, but they were also sons...and they had a lot of people around them who truly loved them, and how that affected them. And not only that, but how it affected the people who were investigating it.”
The real-life character that Duhamel portrays on screen, Detective Kading, was an LAPD detective who was best known for leading task forces investigating the murders of Tupac and Biggie. He even wrote a book in 2011 called Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. Kading also serves as an executive producer on the series, which also explores the lives of some of the investigators on the cases.
"[Robbery and Homicide detective] Russell Poole, played by Jimmi Simpson, obsessed about this until he died, right up until it basically might have been the reason he died,” Duhamel continued, talking about the personal lives of the gangsta-rap stars and the humanistic perspective of the show.
"My character started to go down the same path, and really truly wanted to bring justice to Christopher Wallace's mother.”
Duhamel went on to explain that Detective Kading was intent on getting justice not just for Biggie, but also for Biggie's mother. "He knew what happened, but wasn't able to prove it," Duhamel said. "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove, and that's really what the tragic part of this is, is that real justice was never brought to these families.”
The first season of‘ Unsolved is titled 'The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.’. The series also stars Wavvy Jonez as Biggie, Marcc Rose as Tupac, Bokeem Woodbine, Luke James, Aisha Hinds, Jamie McShane, Brent Sexton, and LeToya Luckett.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. premieres Tuesday, February 27 at 10:00pm/9c on the USA Network. Watch the trailer of the first season below:
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