Friday January 14, 2011 9:24 am
Eminem: Hollywood’s Next Leading Man?
Eminem fell off the radar for a few years after his attention-getting role in 2002's 8 Mile, but now the rapper is back in the spotlight with his best-selling album “Recovery,” and he’s getting back in the movie game.
Random Acts of Violence will mark his return to the big screen, but he’s not stopping there. Eminem is currently working on Shady Talez, a 3-D horror film and Southpaw, a drama about boxing -- not baseball.
Scoff if you will, but some writers are already comparing Eminem to the likes of Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg. It wasn’t so long ago that both A-listers were household names because of their rap skills. Will Smith returned to rapping in 1997, but now he’s passed the torch on to his daughter. Wahlberg, perhaps anxious to put his Marky Mark days behind him, has not rapped since he became a bankable box office star.
Random Acts of Violence originally began with a Grand Theft Auto feel, but director David Von Ancken says his vision for the film is more like The Town or The Departed. In the film, Eminem plays an ex-con stuck between his old pals and the FBI.
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