Pat O’Brien of Access Hollywood continued his week long interview with Eminem about his new film ‘8 Mile’ on Friday. Pat asked Slim if he ever wanted to do a movie as part of a scheme, getting together with screenwriter Scott Silver to come up with the material, the long days on the set, where he’d get up at 4 AM, being physically constrained by the camera lens, and more. Read on for a transcript.
Pat O’Brien: The movie is suggested to open big in the $30 million
range. No bad for a rapper in his first film who wasn’t sure he could pull
Pat: Did you ever want to do on a movie? Did you ever say, some day
I want to be in a movie, as part of your scheme?
Eminem: My only scheme, really, was to be a rapper. You know, my life
got more interesting. You know, the idea was toyed with and just started
getting bigger and bigger, you know, more serious. I started taking it
Pat: The next thing he knew, he’d signed on to star in “8 Mile,” a vie
based loosely on his life, penned by screen writer scott silver.
Eminem: We would get together and share stories. And, you know, he would
just be taking notes and writing it down. And made a story out of it.
Pat: Kim basinger was cast as his down-and-out mom, michelle pfeiffer
as his friend and britney murphy as his love interest. Before a frame of
film was ever shot, director curtis hanson held six weeks of rehearsals,
which has been described as an acting boot camp in detroit.
Eminem: I would get up at 4:00 in the morning. I’d be, you know, I had
to lose weight and get in shape and everything for the movie. And I’m on
the treadmill at 5:00 in the morning and I’m working out and I’m doing
my sit-ups and working out and exercising and this and that.
Pat: When filming began last year in detroit, eminem, who had never
made a movie, faced and even tougher challenge.
Eminem: The hardest part about it is the cameras are blocking me because
you got a certain amount of bounds that you can — you don’t have all the
freedom that you want, you know, like, if I went over here — you got it.
Pat: Working with a veteran cast as well as an acclaimed director that
helped. Kim basinger gave him an espoolly useful tip.
Eminem: I was freaked out about acting a little bit. I was like, when
the cameras are on and this and that —
Pat: Different than music videos, I gather, then?
Eminem: Yeah, because the movie is music is there to back you up. One
of the things that kim had told me was that she s like horrified to look
at herself, like, on camera. Like until the movie was done. And that was
one of the little hints of advice that I took from her. So I never looked
at any playbacks.
Reviewer: “8 Mile” is definitely the eminem show. This guy is good.
The most surprising thing about his performance is the soft, sensitive
side of eminem. I didn’t know he had it. The movie doesn’t quite go the
distance, though, because we’ve seen this story before. It’s a little too
familiar. It’s gritty. It’s raw. And ‘s real. And for that reason, I recommend