January 14, 2021
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The highly anticipated Lifetime biopic Salt-N-Pepa is almost here and Cheryl ‘Salt’ James is revealing what subjects were off-limits from the film.
While James and Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton discuss their involvement in the film as executive producers to Entertainment Tonight, James disclosed that her relationship with her ex-husband and father to their two children, Gavin Wray, along with her father would not be visited in the film.
“They’ve been, in the past, delicate relationships,” said the Grammy-award winning rapper. “Nothing so much with myself or with Pep, because it’s our story.”
The hip-hop girl group also shared that when they were approached to do a movie, Denton was thrilled at the opportunity to speak on their legacy.
“As much as I could be involved, I was involved,” she said. “When we got approached to do a movie on Salt-N-Pepa, our legacy, I was like, ‘Yes, it’s the time! Oh boy, we got some stuff to tell you.’ I’ve been wanting to do it for years.”
“My first reaction was, of course, ‘Yes, let’s do it.'” she continued. “We pioneered the story that we have that has never really been told. We knew what kind of story it was. We only talked about it in interviews, never really got to see it visually, and the timing was right, so I was like, ‘Yes.'”
Although creating a biopic has been “something that Pep’s been wanting to do for years,” that wasn’t the case for Salt.
“The reservations that I had was definitely the story being as true to life as possible,” she admitted. “You can tell your story and then by the time it goes through a writer, director and a movie company, sometimes it’s not exactly what you want to portray. Also when you’re telling your story there’s other people in your life that are involved you have to be… I felt like I had to be delicate about incorporating other people’s stories in my story.”
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