No Slim Shady In ‘8 Mile’, Just Marshall Mathers

When ’s new movie ‘8 Mile’ opens November 8th, fans will get a glimpse of Marshall Mathers, not his alter egos Eminem or Slim Shady — and that’s the way director Curtis Hanson wants it. “He’s in every scene,” Hanson says. “One cannot hold the screen for a long period of time without conveying some kind of inner truth. I knew going into it that he had experience performing and also adopting a character, Slim Shady. What I was looking for was actually the opposite of that. When you adopt a characterization, that’s artificial. You hide behind that. What I needed in this story was the appearance of a complete lack of artifice. I needed the appearance of one more or less exposing himself emotionally.”

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