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15 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About 8 Mile

People were generally a bit sniffy when rapper Eminem decided he was going into movies, expecting something a bit Ja Rule or Vanilla Ice. But he showed them, with a critical hit, a box office smash and an Oscar.

How much do you know about 8 Mile? We were going to do a rhyme here but any attempt at rapping would have just been mortifying for everyone, so let's just get on with the list shall we?

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    Eminem lost 24lb for the role.

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    Eminem was asked by director Curtis Hanson to dye his hair back to its natural brown. He didn't want people thinking he was just playing his stage persona.

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    Danny Boyle was in early discussions to direct but his vision for the film didn't match Eminem's as well as Curtis Hanson's did. Quentin Tarantino was also approached.

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    In the original script B-rabbit worked at a hotel carrying rich people's bags and had a lot of problems with his boss.

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    The title was only decided on at the end of filming. Before that it was only known as UDP: Untitled Detroit Project.

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    Lose Yourself was the first rap song to ever win an Academy Award. Eminem didn't show up to collect it because he thought he had no chance of winning.

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    Gary Sinise was the first choice to play Greg, the boyfriend of Jimmy's mother (Kim Basinger). The role was won by Michael Shannon.

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    So busy was he during the time of production, the only time that Eminem could write the songs for the film was during breaks between scenes.

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    When the piece of paper on which Eminem wrote the lyrics to Lose Yourself was put up for auction it made over $10,000.

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    The film made a massive $51 million on its opening weekend. Its production budget was $41 million.

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    Along with Sons of Anarchy director Kurt Sutter, Eminem planned what Sutter called a metaphorical "continuation of the 8 Mile story". In Southpaw, Eminem would have played a boxer who hit the big time but gradually lost his way. As 8 Mile was a reflection of Eminem's early days, Southpaw was to be an echo of his struggles at the top. It never got beyond development.

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    Prints of the film were sent to cinemas labelled as The Mars Project.

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    The film marked the first screen appearance by Anthony Mackie, who plays Papa Doc.

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    Mekhi Pfeiffer nearly passed on the movie because he was asked to fly to Detroit two days after the 9/11 attacks in New York.

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    The atmosphere in the rap battles was so intense and went on for so long that several extras passed out or threw up during filming.

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