Eminem Steps In To The (Movie) Ring?
Guess who’s back?… Etc, yes Eminem, or Marshall Mathers to his nearest and dearest, could soon be making an on-screen return in Southpaw, a boxing movie which will surely involve a wise-talking, left-handed, up-from-nothing fighter played by none other than the real Slim Shady.
Fans of motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy will also have vested interests in this Rocky/8 Mile crossover, as Kurt Slutter is the man behind the idea.
“I’ve had a bunch of meetings with Marshall’s producing partners, and I know he’s very selective and doesn’t do a lot,” Sutter tells Deadline. “But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album (Legacy), one that I connected with on a lot of levels. He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl.”
Film fans will remember that Eminem’s performance in the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile was worthy of note and there is no reason to believe that the rapper is capable of producing teh goods again, providing he is not asked to venture to far from his well-publicised persona.
Slutter also went on to explain that the project might not be a million miles away from Mathers’ previous work: “In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He’ll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip-hop: dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It’s a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer.”