Eminem and the cast of 8 Mile have reunited for an interview for Vibe Magazine’s November issue, and in it, they talk about what it was like to make the movie, and Eminem talks about how his fan base changed after the movie first released.
When Eminem is asked about how much the movie widened his audience and how many people started to like him and follow his music, he says, “My career up to that point was very me-against-the-world. That was the mentality that I had—“Fuck everybody.” And then all of these parents loving me? It was weird. Like, Fuck am I going to do now? I need to figure out a new way to piss people off. I wasn’t ready for that. I still don’t understand it. It is what it is. I don’t even know what that means, but it is what it is.”
Anthony Mackie (whose first major role was 8 Mile) also talks about how it was to work on the movie, saying, “It was crazy for me because it was my first job. When we started, I didn’t really have no lines. Motherfuckers would be like, “Yo, your character sucks, so we just added this. Do this.” My biggest thing was just trying to be on the same level as Mekhi fucking Phifer.”