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9/14/2003 11:08:18 PM

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Sly Stallone doesn't want to get a bum rap for directing "Thugz Lives," the true story of fallen rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Stallone says that this will be more than a big-screen biopic about the two fallen rappers. "It's like the JFK conspiracy to the black culture. There has never been an arrest. Why? It's like taking out the two biggest stars like Eminem and Harrison Ford and not one arrest while this happened in front of everyone. It makes you scratch your head and go, 'Huh?' "

Stallone has big visions for the film. "The music is what the Greek chorus would be in a classical Greek tragedy. The hip-hop soundtrack will push the story along," he says. Will today's hip-hop stars do some of the tracks? "Yes, but I shouldn't talk about it too much because it's very competitive. I don't want to burn some bridges or be burned on the bridge. We're just getting into it right now and getting the cast together. A lot of the rappers will be new faces and I'll be going with people in the hip-hop community."

Stallone says there has been little opposition to his vision of the film from the hip-hop world. "I've heard some second-hand stuff. But mostly it's been a lot of support. Maybe they're in a state of shock about putting Stallone and hip-hop together," he says. "But there has been a little resistance because they feel as though I'm going to point fingers and try to create my own theories about who did what to whom. Not true. I'll just lay it out exactly as its been recorded. I want the audience to go home and think about it and debate it."

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