BERLIN (AP) -- The rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s mother says she felt it was time for the world to find out about the man behind the performer, more than 11 years after he was slain.
The resulting biopic, "Notorious," screened out of competition at the Berlin film festival Wednesday. The rapper's mother, Voletta Wallace, was a co-producer of the movie, which stars newcomer Jamal Woolard in the title role.
B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was gunned down March 9, 1997, as he left a party in Los Angeles. The New York rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, was one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the 1990s.
Thanks to documentaries and books, "I felt that (people) knew the entertainer, they knew the artist, they knew the rapper; they never knew the man," Wallace said at a news conference.
"I felt it was time for the world to find out about the man, about the son, the husband, the father and the friend," she said.
What "I would like for everyone ... to take from this movie is that we all have flaws, we all make mistakes — but if you have a talent, use that talent to the best," Wallace added.
Wallace is played in the film by Angela Bassett, who described her as "a tremendous woman of faith and resilience."
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