By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Gil Kaufman
Remember when Eminem hit the screen for the first time in the 2002 biopic, 8 Mile? Now, nine years later, the Detroit MC has since popped up on HBO’s “Entourage” and recently he’s been linked to appear in the crime thriller film, “Random Acts of Violence.” But back in 2002, Em was a shy actor who was saw himself as more studio rat than screen god. RapFix dug in our archives to bring you a throwback look at Marshall Mathers, circa “Lose Yourself.” Miss him?
“Of course I watched my own videos and it’s a little weird to see that still, but to see yourself on the big screen? When I first seen the trailer for [“8 Mile”] I was like, ‘Oh … wow,’ ” he said. “In videos, there’s music behind you to back you up, in movies it’s the dialogue and that’s it … Music is where my love is, you know, movies are cool but I want to make music. That’s where I’m most comfortable at.”
The movie, which would bring the Detroit rapper back to movie theaters more than nine years after he made his big-screen debut in the autobiographical hit “8 Mile,” has been kicking around for more than four years as the script has undergone a number of rewrites and revisions. The latest draft centers on an ex-con who is fresh out of prison and trying to stay on the straight-and-narrow despite pressure from his pals to go back to a life of crime. He’s also fighting off a simultaneous pull from the FBI to join forces with them to bring down the crime syndicate. Writer-director David Von Ancken (“Californication”) is expected to direct.
While a spokesperson for Em could not be reached for comment at press time to confirm the report, if true it would be the second film the reclusive rapper is rumored to be circling.
Last month, Deadline reported that Eminem is in line to star in the DreamWorks boxing drama “Southpaw,” in which he would play a “fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy.”
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