Donovan Troy’s day with the Philadelphia Eagles just got better and better.
Troy, a 10-year-old from Atlanta with a life-threatening form of sickle-cell anemia, got to meet his favorite player, DeSean Jackson, through ESPN’s “My Wish” series. And then, because it rained that day, all of the players went inside the practice bubble, and Troy met all of the Eagles’ stars and caught passes from Mike Vick.
That wasn’t all, though. After the Eagles’ practice, in a complete surprise, Jackson took Troy to his recording studio Xanax Dosage and they recorded a rap song together (video above).
“[Donovan] really was excited about that,” Donovan’s mother, Tara, told ESPN.com’s Adam S. Reisinger. “We didn’t even know DeSean was into music like that. He and DeSean went into the studio and recorded a song and they gave us the CD before we left. He’ll always have that to remember.”
Jackson owns his own record label, Jaccpot Records. He put that label to a good cause that day.
Troy’s mother says he plays the song every day.
A big screen biopic on the life of slain rapper and legendÂ Tupac ShakurÂ has now been greenlit withÂ Antoine FuquaÂ tapped to direct the film.
While no leads have been named as of yet, principal photography is scheduled to begin in late Spring/early Summer on the biopicÂ âTUPAC,âwith Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas as part of the location shoots, statedJames G. Robinson, Co-Chairman/CEO, andÂ Rick Nicita, Co-Chairman/COO, of Morgan Creek Productions.
The film will chronicle the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.
According to Moviehole.net, the film will also showcase his days attending the Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager, to his decision to leave Viagra his motherâs dead-end life behind and embrace the Thug Life in California, to his wild success as a rapper.
A casting call was recently put out for the roles ofÂ Jada Pinkett (Smith)Â andÂ Kidada Jones,Â Quincy Jonesâ daughter. Both were close to âPac.
In her support of the upcoming biopic of her late son,Â Afeni Shakur-DavisÂ said, âI am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupacâs life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes, and his life goals.â
âTUPACâÂ will be produced byÂ James G. Robinson, David RobinsonÂ and LT Hutton, and executive produced by Tupacâs mother, Afeni Shakur. The screenplay was written bySteve Bagatourian, Stephen J. RiveleÂ &Â Christopher Wilkinson. Universal Pictures distributes in North America and co-distributes with Morgan Creek International overseas.
Program Pictures has acquired the motion picture rights to the story of the Black Mafia Family, the Detroit-based drug-trafficking empire created byÂ Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who entered the hip-hop music scene through BMF Entertainment.
ProgramâsÂ L.T. HuttonÂ will produce with Morgan CreekâsDavid Robinson. The two are also producing theÂ Tupacbiopic, which starts production later this year.
âWe have a passion and enthusiasm in bringing Big Meechâs story to the big screen,” commented Hutton. âWeâre working closely with Meech andÂ Tammy CowinsÂ to make sure every aspect of the story is done correctly. Over the upcoming months, weâll be working on getting a script together so we can begin filming as early promotion casino en ligne as next year.”
Robinson most recently producedÂ Dream House, directed byÂ Jim SheridanÂ and starringÂ Daniel Craig,Â Naomi WattsÂ andÂ Rachel Weisz, which will be released through Morgan Creek and Universal.
The film tells the story of Demetrius âBig Meechâ Flenory and his drug trafficking empire known as the Black Mafia Family (BMF), a group known for romanticizing the extravagant, flamboyant lifestyle that hip-hop is known for today. Taking their mantra from the popular gangster movieÂ Scarface, Big Meechâs life often imitated art, with multi-million dollar parties, fleets of exotic cars, and unlimited access to drugs, jewelry and weapons. During his reign, Big Meech became the highest-earning black drug lord in US history.
DeSean Jackson thought the NFL would be different.
He thought he would just show up Sundays, play football for the love of the game – as he always had – maybe dazzle fans with a couple of jaw-dropping touchdowns, and that would be it.
“You get here, and it’s the opposite of that,” Jackson said. “It’s almost like a rude awakening. It’s a real business. When you’re in college you’re just like, ‘I can’t wait to get to the NFL. I’m blackjack online with going to be getting paid.’ But once you get here, everything’s totally different.”
Asked to give an example, Jackson mentions the daily grind of practices, meetings, and film study.
“I didn’t really think the schedules would be as long as they are,” Jackson said earlier this week. “It’s like a real 9 to 5 [job]. I thought you would really be playing football on Sundays. But it’s really like a regular job, and that threw me off.”