TLC Movie Explores Life After Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Reunion
Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes was the third member of the hip-hop/R&B trio TLC before dying in a tragic car collision in Honduras during the spring of 2002. The two surviving members, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chili" Thomas, disbanded. Now, after all this time, they've decided to reform the group, and in recent interviews, they've taken time to discuss life after Lopes and the future of TLC.
Eleven years after Lopes' death, she's still remembered for her quirky nature, her quick raps, her quick wit, her scandals, her charitable nature, and the black stripe that she wore under her left eye.
Last week, a VH1 biopic titled Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story premiered in Hollywood, to honor Lopes and to share the story of the all-girl group. The film stars Keke Palmer as Rozanda "Chili" Thomas, Drew Sidora as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lil Mama as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The film chronicles the life of the Atlanta-based trio, who came to fame more than twenty years ago. The tale of a sisterhood, friendship, and music is told from their perspective. The film covers their success, their failures, their wins, their losses, their bankruptcy, their run-ins with the law, and their legacy.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the two women and the lead cast of the film sat down and spoke about the film and Lopes. They stated how reliving some moments were exciting while other moments were difficult, like the loss of Lopes, her funeral, illnesses, issues with Peri "Pebbles" Reid, and abortions. Watkins described the feeling of seeing themselves represented on film as "surreal," though she also saw it as a blessing. The opportunity to put so much input into the film, allowed them to give Lopes second life.
"From the script, finding writers, picking writers... VH1 was so amazing letting us collaborate with them and it was a joint effort. We were in auditions, we put on dance clothes, we was up there dancing with each girl," Watkins stated on their level of input into the film.
Thomas went on to say that if Lopes was still here, she would have been there in that interview, supporting the film, and being grateful that the story was told truthfully, even as it bares the women's flaws.
'No one else will ever be a member of this group. But, we've got plans." T-Boz stated, regarding the future of the group. Though, a few years ago, the two ladies held a reality show, where they selected a new member for TLC, a rapper by the name of O'so-Krispie.
The ladies of TLC will be releasing a greatest hit album that will feature new music, 20. They will also perform at the upcoming Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
TLC's biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story airs tonight, Monday, October 21 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.