Eminem hasn’t centered a lot on a profession path as an actor, however he apparently was within the operating for a movie that might have doubtlessly modified his trajectory and had nothing to do with Mother’s spaghetti.
Movie producer Todd Lieberman was a visitor on the most recent episode of the Hollywood Gold podcast, the place he revealed that Eminem was initially producers’ best choice to star as boxer Micky Ward in The Fighter. The function within the 2010 David O. Russell-directed film in the end went to Mark Wahlberg, with Christian Bale enjoying his brother Dicky Eklund.
“The primary individual that we thought would star on this movie was Eminem,” Lieberman stated. “Eminem was going to be Micky Ward.”
The producer defined that discussions surrounding Eminem adopted the success of director Curtis Hanson’s 2002 movie 8 Mile, which featured the music celebrity enjoying aspiring rapper B-Rabbit in a narrative that included autobiographical parts of the Grammy-winning performer’s precise previous. Though Lieberman emphasised that there was “actual life” to the potential of Eminem enjoying the function, he didn’t specify how shut this got here to taking place or why it didn’t work out.
“That was a second in time the place he had come off of 8 Mile, and he was desirous about making motion pictures, and he wished to do a boxing film,” Lieberman stated. “In order that was one thing we pursued for a minute. And there was actual life in that for a minute.”
He added that there was then a plan for the movie to star Matt Damon as Micky and Brad Pitt as Dicky. Certainly, the venture noticed notable names come and go all through the event course of, as Darren Aronofsky was aspiring to direct earlier than Russell took over.
Ultimately, Wahlberg and Bale landed the roles, and the film collected $129 million worldwide ($177 million as we speak). It earned seven Oscar nominations, with Bale successful finest supporting actor and Melissa Leo prevailing for finest supporting actress.