Jermaine Hopkins got his first acting role in the classic film Lean On Me when he was 14 years old. He joined The Breakfast Club to discuss his leading character in the new film Zoo, his upcoming reality show Here Come The Hopkins, working with 2 Pac, getting arrested with 300 pounds of marijuana, being from Newark and his thoughts on Whitney Houston’s passing.
“‘Juice’, we had a good time,” says Jermaine on working with 2 Pac in the 1992 film. “We all got to know each other. We had our days but we got through it.”He talks about getting shot at while filming the movie: “We right there on the streets in Harlem and they was pretty much upset that we was slowing their flow of money down. So they got Pac for his jewelry. He left his jewelry in the trailer and they got Pac for his jewelry. That just set off a bomb, and with that.. F New York, and dah dah dah dah. We out there shooting and they shooting for real from the roof, they was bustin down at the set.”
He worked with Pac again four years later on the film ‘Bullet.’ “That was fun,” says Jermaine. “It was a lot more calmer because it was after all the things Pac had expereinced, with the charges and all that stuff. Mickey Rourke was going through his thing at the same time. It was a lot more relaxed, and then we were older, we were grown by that time, we definitely had a good time doing that.”
He discusses the idea behind his reality show saying: “Everybody thinks when they hear Jermaine Hopkins, I’m still stuck as that little kid on the roof. I got a 21 year old son, I got a 4 year old granddaughter, I got a 9 year old daughter, and I got a 14 year old son. And each one of them is there own characters themselves. With the reality show, it gets a chance for them to be introduced and y’all can see the grown man Jermaine Hopkins behind the scenes when I’m not in these characters.”
He was pulled over in Phoenix, AZ and arrested after cops found 200 pounds of marijuana. “That’s what they got in the car and then they went to my crib and got another 100.” Jermaine’s facing up to 5 years in prison and he goes to trial in a couple weeks.
“I feel bad in a sense because I really didn’t realize how many fans I really had out there and how much they really supported me and came out with this incident. I had to laugh about it a little bit and make it a lil more leveled out than what it really is. But I go through the motions about it. I do worry about that. At the same time, I stay praying and keep my faith in god. And I know at the end of the day Jermaine Hopkins never been a bad dude, I never been a bad guy. I wasn’t out there hurting nobody.”
“At the same time, I hurt a lot of people. And I just want to apologize to all my fans and most of all my family. My family, my kids, because they look up to me. I am there hero. I am legend in my house, I’m the boss. Well I try to act like the boss, my wife Renee really is the boss.”
“I want all the youngsters out there to really understand and know that when you get yourself into something, know what you getting into, know what your doing, and be prepared for the outcome not to be right or go as planned. So honestly, when I got dressed that day to leave my house, whenever I was doing what I was doing, I always mentally prepare myself like, ‘Ok, this could be the day,’ becuase you never know. If you know, you would never get caught. And everybody has there day, nothing lasts forever, no matter how good it is.”