Rapper Eminem Wrestled With Role

By | November 4, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Rapper Eminem says he worked up to 16 hours a day to get details right in “8 Mile,” a movie based loosely on his troubled youth.

“I’m like, yo, watch my facial expression here, it’s not the greatest in the world,” Eminem said in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times Magazine. “Every time I felt like I wasn’t believable, I took notes and I brought them to Curtis (Hanson, the film’s director).”

The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, said he worked six days a week, 13 to 16 hours a day, on the set of the movie that tells the story of a Detroit youth who dreams of being a hip-hop star. “8 Mile” opens Nov. 8.

“I wanted to make a movie that every kid who went through anything similar to this can relate to. This was my whole life,” Eminem said.

The rapper says he has no plans to act in films again, and after “8 Mile,” he even has trouble watching movies.

“It’s because I’m looking for continuity and looking for mistakes,” he said. “The guy’s shirt’s a little wrinkled and you cut back and it’s the same scene and his shirt’s not wrinkled. You drive yourself crazy with it.”

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