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The Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me finally hits theaters today, amid widespread anticipation for the long-awaited project. Perhaps no one is feeling the pressure more than the film’s star, Demetrius Shipp Jr. 

In his first film role, Shipp took on a giant. While we can all agree he looks the part, how does it feel to play a legend your first time out the gate?

The new actor says he is keeping a level head. “I’m just enjoying the ride at this point,” he told CASSIUS. “You know, it’s been a lot of work put into this, it’s been a long time — six years for me — so it’s no pressure, man.”

When asked about the best Pac moment that he relive during filming, Shipp replied, “The House of Blues easy, the concert scene. The house on energy that day was amazing… It really felt like a concert, like, people was crying in the audience. It was dope.”

All Eyez On Me hits theaters everywhere on Friday, June 16. See what else Shipp has to say about the film, and his future in Hollywood, above.