God, it’s been 10 years. Where did that go? I wonder though, in this environment, if 8 Mile would even get made now. 8 Mile took everyone by surprise. Come on, admit it. 8 Mile was a lot better than you thought it would be. 8 Mile is GREAT. 8 Mile is still watchable, over and over and over again. And 8 Mile was a star-maker too. I always forget Anthony Mackie was in 8 Mile. And Michael Shannon! But for the second week in a row, there’s an anniversary celebration for a Brittany Murphy movie. Can you believe it’s been almost 3 years since she died?
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 8 Mile, VIBE’s new issue features an interview with the reclusive Eminem alongside castmates Mekhi Phifer, Anthony Mackie, Evan Jones, and Omar Benson Miller. I won’t spoil it with excerpts because it’s a good read whether or not you’re a fan of the movie but I will say I LOVE the part about them blowing their per diem on strippers. How often do you read an article about actors talking about per diem?! Per diem is a preoccupation of the economy class.
And yes, admittedly, I partly care about all of this because of Eminem. I have an Eminem problem. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know it’s more than just a Five List. With Eminem, I’d even go out in daylight. And he was hot in 8 Mile. Check the way he looks at Brittany Murphy at the end of this clip below, right before they did it in a warehouse standing up during his lunch break. That scene, in all its depravity, perhaps because of it, still turns me on, more than any passage in Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Click here to read VIBE’s 8 Mile retrospective.
Attached - Eminem on stage in August.