News: Eminem Makes Hollywood Return, Role In Adam Sandler Movie Confirmed [Video]

Monday, Jul 6, 2009 11:15AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has been confirmed to make an appearance in the upcoming Adam Sandler film, Funny People, set to premiere later this month.

The film's director, Judd Apatow, briefly touched on Em's appearance in the movie.

"Marshall Mathers is in it," he said in an interview. "I still don't know [how it happened.] I was scared to pitch jokes to him then I realized his songs are as nasty as anything that has ever been spoken. There is no way to offend him." (MTV Movie Blogs)

In addition to Slim Shady, the project will also feature Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.

So far, there's no more information available about what kind of role Eminem will play in the film, but a movie photo shows him sitting across from Sandler at a restaurant table, seemingly lending an ear -- perhaps in a friend role? Cast includes Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Norm MacDonald, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, RZA, Dave Attell and others. (Michigan Live)

The story will revolve around Sandler's character in one of his more serious roles.

George is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend. (IMDb)

Aside from the film, Em recently updated fans on Relapse 2 and announced his performance at this year's Voodoo Festival in Louisiana.

"I'm going to be doing the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans," Em announced via an interview. "Halloween weekend. This is probably my only live show for at least this year...I'm in the lab right now, trying to get ready for this second album...There's enough to make it right now, I might wanna do some new songs for it or what not, so I'm actually recording right now...I don't know [when the album is coming out.] It's probably looking like fourth quarter." (Shade 45)

Funny People is scheduled to land in theaters nationwide Friday, July 31st.

Check out the movie's trailer below:

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