Eminem is opening up about his time on set with ‘8 Mile’ director Curtis Hanson, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71.
“Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit,” Eminem said in a written statement to Billboard. “He basically made me into an actor for ‘8 Mile’.”
“I’m lucky I got to know him,” he added.
The rapper starred in the semi-autobiographical film which reached box office success after making its debut in 2002.
Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for his work in “L.A. Confidential”, was declared dead by paramedic Tuesday afternoon at his home in Hollywood. The director is said to have died of “natural causes”.
Eminem would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song thanks to the movie’s soundtrack single “Lose Yourself”.