Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has stepped forward to remember late filmmaker Curtis Hanson. Slim Shady spoke out on the 71-year-old 8 Mile director passing away this week.

Em issued a statement Wednesday (September 21) and credited Hanson for fueling his acting career.

“Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit. He basically made me into an actor for 8 Mile. I’m lucky I got to know him,” Eminem said in a statement to Billboard. (Billboard)

Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon remembered Hanson’s life on social media.

Back in 2002, Hanson spoke out on working with Slim Shady for 8 Mile.

“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.” (Radio)

According to reports, Hanson lost his life Tuesday (September 20) from natural causes.

Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for “L.A. Confidential” and directed the psychological thriller “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and Eminem’s tale of Detroit hip-hop “8 Mile,” has died. He was 71. Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police spokesman Tony Im said. Hanson died of natural causes, Im said, but he did not have further details. (NBC News)