While he has received tons of posthumous praise for his music, Tupac Shakur was also a very promising talent in the film world, despite a paucity of decent roles. Even without more high-profile roles, he was able to give stirring performances even in substandard fare, which, unfortunately, is all we have to judge him on.

His early turns in Juiceand Above the Rim demonstrated that he could play a depraved badass better than just about anyone. Further, I have the lingering feeling that Tupac was a pretty funny guy. Now, it’s a leap to assume that a funny person would be a solid comedic actor, but, I think he could have given it a go.

With that in mind, here are a few roles that Tupac could have nailed if he had not have been gunned down by Suge Knight/Crips/Teamsters/Cubans/The CIA/Biggie.

7. Pineapple Express – Budlofsky or Matheson

One comedy role that Tupac would have been very well-suited for is one of the henchmen sent to dispatch Franco and Rogen in Pineapple Express. While Danny McBride and Craig Robinson did well with the role, the film was always on the verge of feeling genuinely dangerous, but never got there. Tupac’s presence would have pushed it over the edge. All things considered, he could have made Beverly Hills Chihuahua a harrowing experience.

6. Panic Room – Raoul

While Dwight Yoakam did a great job as the most unhinged of the three criminals that terrorize Jodie Foster and her daughter, as Tupac showed in his compelling performance in Juice, watching him dissolve as a story unfolds is an unparalleled experience. We see Raoul refuse to walk away, ultimately taking down anyone who stands in his path. Tupac has demonstrated the same ferocity in both his music and a handful of his roles, and the idea of seeing him play what is essentially a pit bull off its chain sounds promising.

5. Sin City – The Man

Yes, Tupac could play a role originally performed by Josh Hartnett, thank you.

Of course, many of the Sin City characters didn’t have proper names, so this role is probably more familiar as “the character that Josh Hartnett played.” Seeing Tupac in such a stylized film would allow audiences to witness him taking his badassedry to an entire new level, while allowing him to ham it up as well. In his short filmography (10 films/roles) we never got to see the rapper go over the top with his persona in Scarface-like fashion. Granted, the role of the man requires a lot more quiet restrain, but certainly allow Tupac the opportunity to play up the “cool” that he had in spades.

4. I Saw The Devil – Kyung-chul

This may be an esoteric entry, but this 2010 Korean film is all but guaranteed an American remake. Lauded director Kim Ji-woon follows an amoral killer (think Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men) as he dedicates his life to destroying a police officer for no good reason. While some of the roles described herein require a slow burn, this one opens with the character brutally murdering a woman, then showing no pause as it continues to take us into this man’s sick world. Tupac could wear his rage like a mask in this one and completely fly off the handle, like a clinically insane cinematic version of “Hit ‘Em Up.”

3. Man on Fire – Creasy

So far, none of these entries are starring roles. Man on Fire, however would feature Tupac in Denzel’s role (cause haven’t we seen Denzel play this type enough?) affording Tupac to run both hot and cold, as a sentimental man kicking ass with purpose, while hinting at, and occasionally showing his softer side, despite a background as an assassin.

It’s easy to want to slide Tupac into any one of many African-American starring roles, but this one would have played very well, allowing him to play both hard and soft at the same time, offering an interpretation of the character that we hadn’t seen before.

2. The Upcoming Tupac Biopic – Tupac Shakur

If Eminem could do it in 8 Mile, I think Tupac would have been orders of magnitude better in conveying his own life story. Sure, it’s not much of a reach, but trying to another person playing such an icon is borderline impossible. Not that it can’t be done, it’s just very hard to imagine anyone conveying Tupac’s fire and wit with such natural ability as the man himself.

1. Made – Ruiz

While Tupac would certainly have been able to branch out from playing fictional hip hop stars, I feel that this Vince Vaughn/ Jon Favreau vehicle would have given Pac the perfect opportunity to flex his comedic muscles while still playing the badass that he has portrayed in his music. Further, it’s not hard to imagine Tupac as a dude named “Ruiz.”