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Whatever Happened To Caine?

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by Sergio
June 18, 2013 1:20 PM
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It’s ironic that I stumbled onto this recent Grantland article about Tyrin Turner, considering that, just a few weeks ago, I watched the Hughes Brothers’ Menace II Society for the first time in many years.

It’s amazing as well that it’s been over 20 years since that film was made, and that, even today, it is, unfortunately, still as relevant as ever. Perhaps even more so.

It is a grim experience watching that film and wondering how many young black men (and women) have ended up dead since that film came out.

But what about those involved with the film? The Hughes brothers are still making films. Bill Duke and Larenz Tate are still around, and Samuel l. Jackson hasn’t been exactly lacking for work. Also Jada Pinkett married very well - to say the least..

But whatever happened to Turner?

Yes, Tate played the most memorable character with all the most shocking scenes, but it was Turner who starred as the main character, Caine, in Menace.

After the film came out, everyone said he was going to be a big star and predicted a major acting career for him. Even Roger Ebert told him that he should have been nominated for an Oscar that year. 

But all the big predictions didn’t come to pass.

So what went wrong?

Well, according to the Grantland piece (which you can read in its entirety HERE), it was a combination of things: Bad luck, bad decisions, bad timing, typecasting and missed opportunities, for starters.

Along with an misguided attempt to establish a rap career and a falling out with the Hughes brothers, Turner’s career failed to take off, and he’s currently trying to make a comeback at the age of 41.

And yet his story is all-too common in this business. He is among many who, at one time, had bright, shiny, promising futures, only to see them dashed to bits.

But can Turner make a comeback? Of course. Anything is possible, and if there is one thing for certain about this business, it is that there are no rules.

He's learned a lot of lessons along the way, but he's got a lot of ground to make up.

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  • CareyCarey | June 19, 2013 4:11 AMReply

    The acting business is a funny business that I would wish on my worst enemy. I mean seriously, one could get better odds of winning the Lottery than hitting and stinking in that profession. But listen, I wanted my lady's feedback on this article so I asked her if she'd seen ol'dude in awhile? She said "are you talking about Willie?". Now excuse me but I was never an Urkel fan, so how was I do know Larenz Tate was Urkel's nemesis in Family Matters? HUH? Who knows stuff like that? Anyway, I asked her who she was talking about. She pointed to Larenz and said "that dude, he was also in The Women Of Brewster Place."

    Now wait a minute, I hate to admit that I'd never seen The Women Of Brewster Place. Nope... and I don't know why? But not to be outdone by my lady, I found it on Netflix. Sure enough, there he was, nappy head Sammy (Larenz Tate) sitting on a broke down couch in a run down high-rise tenement with his hungry looking siblings.

    Damn, show business is a funny business, how does a little kid go from Willie (Urkel's buddy) to Sammy (eating out of garbage cans in Harlem) to O-Dog, a trigger happy menace, in Menace II Society (South Central Los Angeles)?

    And btw, I don't know what happened to Caine.

  • CC | June 19, 2013 4:46 AM

    Opps... meant to say... one could get better odds of winning the Lottery than hitting and "STICKING" in that profession. You know, the gods may be with you for a while (if you're lucky) but odds are against you being around long enough to say you've arrived.

  • ScriptTease | June 18, 2013 10:08 PMReply

    Wesley Snipes' baby brother.

  • byrd | June 18, 2013 7:35 PMReply

    "Also Jada Pinkett married very well - to say the least.." Wow. Patronizing misogyny at it's best. No love for any of her movies? Or the fact that she was in the Matrix trilogy? Maybe you've heard of Hawthorne? What about Jada being the lead singer in a rock band? No? I didn't think so.

  • sergio | June 20, 2013 5:25 PM

    Gee everybody's shocked. What what do you expect? I'm a guy

  • Laura S | June 20, 2013 3:57 PM

    @Byrd-I was shocked when I read the line about Jada as well. Definitely patronizing misogyny.

  • sergio | June 18, 2013 11:54 PM

    "Patronizing misogyny at it's best. No love for any of her movies?"

    I like that sex scene in Jason's Lyric

  • Anti-believer | June 18, 2013 9:07 PM

    Sorry but Hawthorne was not written well enough to keep my attention. Also, she replaced what was suppose to be Aaliyah. Character wasn't that important.

  • Coffee Wright/SAG | June 18, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    HEY TYRIN, IT'S COFFEE, MET YOU @ RELIEGH STUDIO'S IN LA, WE ALSO WK TOGETHER ON PANTHERS. PLS GET IN TOUCH, I'M STILL LISTED WITH SAG.

  • I met Tyrin Turner alone with a few of the cast & the Hughes Bro at the screening of Menace to society. I'm an independent film maker & at that time Tyrin was very appreciative and excited & humble to do his next film, be it low-budget/no budget. I'm still interested in casting Tyrin in my next project. coffeewrightstl@yahoo.com WWW.SLICCCE.COM | June 18, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    I met Tyrin Turner alone with Larenz Tate an a few of the cast & the Hughes Bro at the screening of Menace II society. I'm an independent film maker & at that time Tyrin was very appreciative and excited & humble to do his next film, be it low-budget/no budget. I'm still interested in casting Tyrin in my next project.

  • Sergio Mims From The Meteor Man | June 18, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    Belly ended his career. That was one awful movie, and his role was an embarrassing caricature.

  • Sergio | June 18, 2013 11:52 PM

    Hey Black Star Line that wasn't me who made that comment above about Turner and Belly. That is an imposter

  • Garveyite91 | June 18, 2013 10:35 PM

    @Sergio I was just thinking the exact same thing. His role in that film was a long way from Menace II Society. I could not believe I recognized him from his breakout role to that. I pray that he get's back on his feet and finds more exciting roles on his resume. I do not wish bad luck whatsoever.

  • @JayTeeDee | June 18, 2013 4:49 PMReply

    I was just looking him up the other day on IMDB dude did kind of fall off the map.

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