'Notorious': Biggie Smalls' mother reflects on the film about her son
Notorious B.I.G. (Lori Shepler/The Los Angeles Times; Mother Voletta Wallace, with a wax statue of her son at Madame Tussauds in Times Square in 2007 (Getty)
Notorious, the excellent new biopic of the slain Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. a.k.a Biggie Smalls, The King of New York and Christopher Wallace comes to theaters in mid-January, and Biggies mother, Voletta Wallace, has some early thoughts.
This is a very good movie, she says. Was I proud? I wouldnt use that word. I am very glad that I did the movie. I have no regrets doing the movie. I wanted to see what others never saw and I never knew.
Wallace, who is played by Angela Bassett in the film, was on set for the making of the movie, and had a producer credit. She also got to watch her grandson, Christopher Jordan Wallace, the son of Biggie and his widow Faith Evans, play his father as a youngster.
I loved every minute of it, Voletta Wallace says. [I was] a little mushy there. He wanted to do that. He took his job very, very seriously.But Wallace doesnt gloss over the fact that the sweet, considerate, generous young man she raised changed, turning into a drug-dealing, weapon-toting, wise-talking man she didn't recognize.
To be honest with you, I saw a monster last night, Wallace says. Do I love the monster? No. But I love my son. Love you dont change. My love is still here for my son. But his behavior? Thank god hes not here because I would slap the daylights out of him.