Eminem is one of the most controversial rappers of all time, and during the early 2000s he took his rhyme skills to the big screen when he starred in the movie "8 Mile". The film, also starring Mekhi Phifer and the late Brittany Murphy, was an instant hit and became a fan-favorite, propelling Slim Shady's career to new heights. Now, 10 years after the movie's release the Detroit rapper and other cast members look back at the film in an interview with Vibe.
Eminem, who played the role of "B-Rabbit", started off by speaking about the acting aspect of the film and how it was difficult stepping into a world outside of music.
"I definitely felt like I was about to embark on some s*** that was not necessarily up my alley. It was all brand new, and I'm so glad I had all of these guys around me. My hardest part, was remembering the lines. 'Cause really, all I had to do was take myself back into the mind frame of how I felt before I got signed with Dre. It wasn't really too much to just be myself."
Eminem also explained that although the movie isn't about his life story, it doesn't bother him that most people think it is.
"It doesn't really matter to me. People who really listen to my music probably know what's real in that movie and what's not. There were bits and pieces that were taken from my life, but for the most part, it was the story of the underdog. We rehearsed so much before we even started the film, and I was in every scene. I was there every day from 6 a.m. until—half the time—5 in the morning the next day. It became a point where I felt like I am this person. I'm f****** B-Rabbit because I was living this movie. I had no choice but to be him."
Mekhi Phifer, who played the role of "Future" and Eminem's best friend and late rapper Proof, says he spoke to Proof to try and understand what type of person he was.
"I definitely spoke to Proof. I didn't sit him down, because to me the character spoke for itself. I mean, I wanted to portray him as he was in '95. That's why you see me with that wig, that crazy wig! And that even came down to the wire—we almost couldn't do dreads because they couldn't get the wig right."
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