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Mekhi Phifer Reveals Why He Almost Turned Down Eminem’s “8 Mile”

Posted By on March 13, 2014

Actor Mekhi Phifer recently stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club to promote his upcoming movie, “Divergent“. Among various topics, Phifer spoke on how he initially thought Eminem‘s “8 Mile” movie seemed corny.

“It was fun,” he said. “It was interesting because when it first came up I was like ‘It sounded cheesy.’ I was like ‘nah.’ And I was due to start ‘ER’ actually right before the movie started. And I was like ‘Nah, I’m just gonna start the show, man.’

“I wasn’t stressing it, but what I did was I read the script. And the script was real slick,” Phifer said. “And then they flew me to Detroit. And then me and Em just got together and just started building. You know what I mean? And I was like ‘Yo, I like this cat.’ You know? And then Curtis Hanson, dope ass director. It just all came together. You know what I mean? And we kinda wanted to be true to—Cause it was loosely based on Em’s career and Em’s life and Proof…And I felt honored—especially R.I.P to Proof. Being able to show him in that light. Cause I thought the movie was real slick. And I had fun portraying him.”


Check out the full interview below: