Rapper Eminem experimented with the world of cinema after directing the hit film 8 miles.
But because of the role he played, the megastar had to regain his confidence to become the rapper many knew him as.
Eminem felt he needed to humble himself for 8 Mile
8 miles was a drama film directed by Curtis Hanson. It focused on an aspiring rapper overcoming obstacles to find success in the music industry and was loosely based on Eminem’s life. Eminem didn’t want to focus on the film’s possible racist themes at the time. 8 miles shouldn’t just be the story of a white rapper. He wanted it to be something that every artist could identify with.
“I wanted to make a film that would focus on the struggle and not just that I’m a white rapper,” Eminem once told Spin. “But the struggle that rappers go through — period. Somehow I felt like I didn’t want to be Elvis; I don’t want to say, ‘Oh, my life, woe is me’. So we made a film that took parts of my life, but it could be anyone and anyone can relate to it.”
The ‘Lose Yourself’ artist didn’t initially think it would be difficult for him to adapt to the film’s world. He figured all he needed was some concentration on his part to get the film on point. But he soon realized that acting in a movie might have taken some getting used to.
“When we sat down for the first rehearsals,” he said. “I thought I knew what I was doing. But I really had to train myself.”
Eminem needed to regain his confidence after making 8 Mile
8 miles was a particularly important film for Eminem because of the subject matter and the time in which it is set. Hanson deliberately set the film in the early ’90s before the deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac.
“We were trying to tell a story about hip-hop fans,” Hanson said. “The power, the importance it has in their lives, but also the dream that success in hip-hop represents. In another time it could have been basketball or boxing.”
This era took the multi-platinum artist back to simpler times before he became one of the world’s biggest stars. But returning to his less-than-successful and starving state meant becoming Eminem again would take time.
“It reminds me of me before ‘Eminem,’ before I started making a name for myself,” he said of his 8 miles Experience. “I had to break free of all ego and really be myself before I made it. Yo, it was a trip! I recorded The Eminem Show, and I put it on hold for three or four months and did the songs for the film. When I was done, it took me a few weeks to get my ego back, regain my confidence, and be Eminem again.”
Eminem felt like he needed 8 Mile for inspiration
Eminem thought highly of the 2002 feature film as soon as he read the script. The Guinness World Record holder felt more motivated by the film than he had in a long time.
“I needed this film,” he said once more Beats 1 radio (via HipHop DX). “There was something different about this film, a slight touch of inspiration that I don’t think I had at that particular time. It was good because making this film put me right back into certain elements. It made me hungry again for some reason, just the whole battle rap scene, the whole thing.”
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/eminem-shared-get-confidence-back-8-mile.html/ Eminem once shared that he needed to get his confidence back after making 8 Mile