Lil’ Kim: “Notorious” Is Bulls**t!
Lil’ Kim has been slamming “Notorious,” the biopic about her mentor and lover The Notorious B.I.G. She’s upset that she wasn’t invited to be more involved in the production of the film, claims the movie’s script is inaccurate, and said a writer for the movie, whose name she didn’t reveal, contacted her by phone and through the conversation, she discovered mistakes in the story. “I knew something was fishy about them having the writer call me. When I spoke to the writer I felt like he was trying to play me, so I wouldn’t give up anything,” Kim explained to Hip-Hop Weekly magazine. “I knew I wouldn’t have control of how I was depicted. I did correct the writer about Biggie’s nickname for me. He had written that Biggie called me Big Momma. Biggie never called me Big Momma. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even like that name for me. He used to call me Mookie.”
Although the rapper has yet to see the final version of “Notorious,” which hits theaters tomorrow, she blames Biggie’s wife Faith Evans and his mother Voletta Wallace for the way she was portrayed by actress Naturi Naughton. But Faith isn’t hearing any of that. She said she wasn’t responsible for the script and the screenplay was adapted from the book Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G., by writer Cheo Hodari Coker. The film is actually an original story written by Coker and Reggie Rock Bythewood.
Bythewood, said he spoke with Kim, and after their two hour phone interview, he put much of what Kim said in his next draft of the screenplay and said that he realized that she is a strong and vulnerable woman. However, Lil’ Kim read a leaked copy of the script before their discussion and was angry at the producers.
Bythewood defends the final script even though it doesn’t contain every detail of Kim’s relationship with Biggie. He said the decisions to omit some of what he wrote about Lil’ Kim were made by himself, the studio, the director and the producers. “In a film like this, it is hard to put everything in. However, my aim was to present a real-life human being beyond the icon we know,” he said. “Biggie did right by her at times. He also did her wrong at times. In spite of that, there was deep love and caring between them. Though Lil’ Kim has been victimized at times, she has never remained a victim. I think director George Tillman and Naturi Naughton, who plays Lil Kim, did a great job revealing that.”
Coker said he believes once Kim sees the film, she’ll be satisfied with the account of events.