8 Mile Director: "When we were recording at the Shelter, it took us a lot of time to record the scenes there, and when we weren’t recording, the extras were starting to get bored, so we decided to do something special.
I announced that we would be having a contest, to choose 3 extras to battle eminem in an unscripted scene, and if we ended up using these scenes, it would be used in a way to introduce the 3 main battles at the end of the movie, as a silent montage. and the extras would still get the chance to battle in front of the crowd.
Unfortunately, after 3 days recording at the shelter, Eminem was starting to lose his voice so we told him not to speak and to pantomime his part while the extras battle him. Everything was going great, but things changed when eminem got the chance to go 2nd (second battle of the day), “Marv One” (extra) got a great response from the audience and the crowd began to taunt eminem.” (this is what happened when it was eminem’s turn.)
There is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd, or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult. That along with enormous creativity come certain deficits in humanity or decency. We are familiar with this trope in our business: Mozart, Van Gogh, Tarantino, Eminem.
Ezra Pound said, ‘I have not met anyone worth a damn who was not irascible.’ Well, I have: Emma Thompson. Not only is she not irascible, she’s practically a saint. There’s something so consoling about that old trope, but Emma makes you want to kill yourself, because she’s a beautiful artist, she’s a writer, she’s a thinker, she’s a living, acting conscience.
Emma considers, carefully, what the fuck she is putting into the culture. Emma thinks: Is this helpful? Not will it build my brand? Not will it give me billions? Not does this express me? Me! Me! My unique and fabulous self, into all eternity in every universe for all time? Will I get a sequel out of it, or a boat? Or, a perfume contract?
Working time -_- Don’t fuck with me.
Source: SoundCloud / bibekthecrony