Director Curtis Hanson died on Tuesday, September 20, at the age of 71. Eminem says, “I’m lucky I got to know him.”
Hanson died of “natural causes” in his Hollywood Hills home in the afternoon of last Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Police Department. Many people who had previously worked with him paid their tribute through social media.
Some of the director’s films are L.A. Confidential and 8 Mile, where Eminem starred and won himself an Oscar for Best Original Song for the movie’s official soundtrack Lose Yourself.
In a statement Eminem gave to Billboard, he said, “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.”
8 Mile (2002) is a semi-autobiographical film about a young white rapper who is looking for a breakout in an African-American dominated genre.
Hanson previously talked about the film and what inspired the story to an interview by RollingStone.com where the late director is all praises for the 43-year-old rapper.
Dubbed as a “rap movie masterpiece” by Vibe Magazine, Hanson shared he took a different approach for the story. He made a movie about hip hop fans, instead of the usual illustration of lyrics from hip hop songs most rap movies do. He said hip hop fans “don’t live the life that is depicted in hip-hop lyrics” but instead, it is with the emotion of a song’s lyrics they can identify their selves with – and that is what inspired the film.
He also shared working with Marshall Bruce Mather III, Eminem’s real name, was challenging because the rapper had not experienced it before, but considers the the experience an “extraordinary opportunity.”
He added if piracy in the Internet kills Eminem’s music business, he should not worry since he has got a shot in another career – acting.
Additionally, news reports claim Eminem might push back his 2016 album release as he is looking forward to hone new artists instead.
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