News: Eminem Reveals Reason Behind Break From Hollywood Movies [Audio]
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 10:00AM
Shady Records CEO Eminem recently discussed his lack of motivation to hop on the big screen again and said his main focus is building up the record label.
Although Em has made a few television and movie cameos over the past few years, Shady said do not expect him to make a Hollywood comeback any time soon.
"Nah, I don't really have any plans to do that as of yet," Em revealed in an interview when asked if he would return to the big screen in the near future. "I've been really into the music, with everything right now. Like, I've been really focused on that and trying to, I guess, get the label back where, to a place we want it to be again and things like that." (Channel 955)
Last summer, Em was expected to take part in a big boxing flick called Southpaw.
Eminem's planned return to screen acting just took one on the jaw. Southpaw, a story scripted by Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy") that would star the rapper as a lefty boxer whose life and career fall prey to tragedy, was picked up as a pitch by DreamWorks last year. But the studio today cut the project loose. Sutter and attached director Antoine Fuqua (himself a one-time Golden Gloves fighter) are free to take it elsewhere. (Slash Film)
Shady also previously hinted at making a big screen return if the right script fell into his lap.
"There are some things in the [works], a couple of scripts," Eminem answered. "I guess it's more so of just waiting now to see how they come together. Obviously it's gotta be something that I feel is dope enough to make me want to say, 'OK, let me put the mic down for a second and go do this movie.' There are some things that are in the works. I guess we'll just see how they come together." (RapFix)
The rapper starred in 2002's 8 Mile which later earned him an Academy Award for the film's soundtrack record, "Lose Yourself."
A rap version of "Saturday Night Fever." B-Rabbit, a wannabe rapper from the wrong side of Detroit's 8 Mile, has problems: he dumps his girlfriend when she tells him she's pregnant; to save money to make a demo tape, he moves into his alcoholic mom's trailer; his job's a dead end, and he's just choked at the local head-to-head rap contest. Things improve when he meets Alex - an aspiring model headed for New York - and a fast-talking pal promises to set up the demo. Then new setbacks: Alex isn't faithful, mom rejects him, rifts surface with his friends, and he's mugged by rivals. Everything hinges on the next rap showdown at the club. Can B-Rabbit pull truth out of his cap? (IMDb)
Check out Eminem's interview below: