Voletta Wallace: (on if she had Angela Bassett in mind to play her) Yes, all the way. I didn't even want to be a part of it at first, but then there wouldn't be a Christopher if there wasn't a Ms. Wallace (laughs). So I said, if there was anyone who was going to play Voletta Wallace, I wanted Angela Bassett. I read the script and sent it out to her on tape to get my accent down pat. She was very gracious and humble, and I was honored to have her. She came around the set and everyone adored her. She's a big star and here she was saying hello to everybody when she came in the room-to people she never met before. And it wasn't pretend. It was genuine.
Voletta Wallace: (on what she discovered about her son and his legacy while watching the film) (Laughs.) I gained strength from it. There were things about him that I never knew that I wanted to see for myself on film. I saw a side of my son that I heard of but I haven't accepted. I'm angered by certain things, disappointed and shocked. So this film taught me tolerance and to be less critical. I would love to speak to Lil' Kim, because I need to ask more about this love relationship because I really didn't like the way he treated her and I'm praying that that's not it. Only she can answer those questions. She's a sweet girl and I didn't think she deserved to be treated the way he treated her, if that's the case.
Voletta Wallace: (on what she learned about her son from producing the movie Notorious) [Interviewers] ask me what I want people to get out of this movie, and i told them I want people to see the man, the father, the son, the friend, the man with the heart condition. When I went in, I saw the father, I saw my son, I saw the friend. The man I was not crazy about. The way he treats women, it makes me want to puke. The profanity that comes out of his mouth, it makes me want to puke. I always say I have a filthy mouth, but the way I have a filthy mouth is I say s-h-i-t or damn. But when I heard that profanity coming out of his mouth, it shocked me. I'm glad the movie was made, and I'm glad I saw what I did. I'm glad I experienced it. So I know. And I have to accept the fact of who he is. But it doesn't make my love any less.
Voletta Wallace: (on how she feels about the movie Notorious) I loved the movie! The movie was terrific, made me angry, made me sad. I learned a lot last night [during a screening] about my son-- a lot that I never knew. But I still love him, because he was from here [gestures to heart], and the love is still here. You can't change love. I think Jamal, based on the script, did a tremendous job. He portrayed the character I think to the fullest, and he should be complimented and praised for that.
Voletta Wallace: (on the way The Notorious B.I.G treated Lil' Kim) I felt bad for Kim,... ...Bad because Christopher did not treat her well. Christopher didn't love her the way she deserved to be loved. I honestly felt Christopher cheated on her, Christopher lied to her.
Voletta Wallace: (on the portrayal of Lil' Kim in the Film Notorious)
She felt the character we chose for her was 'too dark,... ...Do you know why the character was too dark for her? Because she's a white woman trapped in a black woman's body, and you can tell the world I said it, because those are Lil' Kim's words. She should be ashamed of herself.
Voletta Wallace: As far as murder, and murdering him, someone murdered my son; I don't think it has anything to do with the rap industry. That did not murder my son. It is, I can safely say, that if my son did not have the position, the job that he sought out, maybe he would be alive today. But I would not say that the rap industry murdered him.
Voletta Wallace: I'm glad my son does not have to witness that the very people that he thought he could ride and die with wouldn't think twice about using his mother.
Voletta Wallace: The first picture I saw was Kim wearing my son's mink coat, holding his chain and wearing his hat. I was in shock, ... I felt violated.
Voletta Wallace: I read the entire article and learned that not only was Kim wearing things belonging to my son, but she claimed that the home belonged to her as well. This experience helped me draw my own opinions about Kim. And they weren't good.
Voletta Wallace: I raised Christopher to cherish life and to cherish each other every single day, ... Christopher was a man with a conscience and he was raised as a Christian. I think the one thing I am most proud of about Christopher was his heart condition. He was a giver to anyone who asked. He was a man of his word. And he was loyal. All of these things are conditions of the heart that I know I helped to develop and instill in him.
Voletta Wallace: My son made himself a legend, my son worked hard and made himself what he was and the legacy that he left behind, which was his music, he made that.