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Intriguing team-up: Eminem and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter

Dec. 13, 2010by: Dave Davis

It's sort of surprising to think that, despite a successful decade-long music career, Eminem has only starred in a single feature film as other major rappers continually make the crossover (or desperately try). That seems about to change, as Marshall Mathers is getting his knuckles ready to meet some skull.

Mathers is reportedly getting in the ring with "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter for a boxing drama called SOUTHPAW. The 8 MILE star would play "a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy. The movie is about his fight to reclaim past glory."

Deadline says that Sutter (who also wrote for "The Shield" and took an early crack at a PUNISHER sequel) has wanted to work with the hip-hop star for years but they sparked on this tale, a spiritual sequel to 8 MILE. As Sutter proclaims, it's "a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy."

Sutter will write the script for the Dreamworks project before getting the guys back on the road for the fourth "Sons" season.

Extra Tidbit: I just realized Sutter (whose wife Katey Sagal consistently amazes on the show) plays inmate Sons member Otto on the series.
Source: Deadline

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10:02AM on 12/14/2010
Kurt is a great writer. SoA best show on tv right now, and he wrote for The Shield, the best tv cop show ever. While im not an eminem fan, I dont doubt the writing skills of Sutter at all.
Kurt is a great writer. SoA best show on tv right now, and he wrote for The Shield, the best tv cop show ever. While im not an eminem fan, I dont doubt the writing skills of Sutter at all.
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3:33AM on 12/14/2010
Quit trying to make this douchebag an actor..8 mile was no great feat he was playing himself for craps sake and he was even lousy at that....And seriously a boxer??? he gets big black guys to do all his fighting for him..what a joke.
Quit trying to make this douchebag an actor..8 mile was no great feat he was playing himself for craps sake and he was even lousy at that....And seriously a boxer??? he gets big black guys to do all his fighting for him..what a joke.
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4:14PM on 12/14/2010
"Quit trying to make this douchebag an actor". Like the article said, he's only been in one move. So who exactly keeps trying to make him an actor?
"Quit trying to make this douchebag an actor". Like the article said, he's only been in one move. So who exactly keeps trying to make him an actor?
8:47PM on 12/14/2010
Well, in fairness, there have been numerous attempts to get Eminem in film again.

Oh, and he's been in 3 films: 8 Mile, The Wash, and Funny People
Well, in fairness, there have been numerous attempts to get Eminem in film again.

Oh, and he's been in 3 films: 8 Mile, The Wash, and Funny People
2:03AM on 12/14/2010
hahahaha. Please, Please I cannot stop laughing - hahahaha. Eminem a boxer -hahahahaha.
hahahaha. Please, Please I cannot stop laughing - hahahaha. Eminem a boxer -hahahahaha.
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1:35AM on 12/15/2010
Care to explain what's funny about it and how Eminem couldn't be taken seriously as a boxer?
Care to explain what's funny about it and how Eminem couldn't be taken seriously as a boxer?
12:42AM on 12/14/2010

Sounds Great

Eminem was great in "8 Mile" and with the work Sutter has done with "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy", the man is a genius. Based off the storyline and talent involved, I think this movie has potential to be great.

Sons of Anarchy is a great show and is the best show on television. The finale to the third season was some of the best television I have ever seen.
Eminem was great in "8 Mile" and with the work Sutter has done with "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy", the man is a genius. Based off the storyline and talent involved, I think this movie has potential to be great.

Sons of Anarchy is a great show and is the best show on television. The finale to the third season was some of the best television I have ever seen.
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12:23AM on 12/14/2010
I like all the talent involved but what can you do in a boxing movie that hasn't been done to death? I'm sure these guys can dish up some good drama, but this premise is one we've seen played out a dozen times. Don't get me wrong though, I'm all for seeing what eminem can do with a role like this.
I like all the talent involved but what can you do in a boxing movie that hasn't been done to death? I'm sure these guys can dish up some good drama, but this premise is one we've seen played out a dozen times. Don't get me wrong though, I'm all for seeing what eminem can do with a role like this.
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12:21AM on 12/14/2010

Wasn't Em Already Rumored to play a boxer?

Like, a fat donkey dick minute ago?
Like, a fat donkey dick minute ago?
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7:12AM on 12/14/2010
Christ, I didn't say I HATED this news, I was just askin' a question....
Christ, I didn't say I HATED this news, I was just askin' a question....
12:03AM on 12/14/2010
I had Man Men, SOA, and Breaking Bad on my to watch list.. just got done with Breaking Bad and holy fuck it was great; I can only imagine how good SOA is.

Eminem owned in 8 mile.. a flick I just have to keep on whenever it's on TV. He was great.
I had Man Men, SOA, and Breaking Bad on my to watch list.. just got done with Breaking Bad and holy fuck it was great; I can only imagine how good SOA is.

Eminem owned in 8 mile.. a flick I just have to keep on whenever it's on TV. He was great.
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12:20AM on 12/14/2010
You probably should have started with Mad Men or SoA, because BrBa completely shits on both.
You probably should have started with Mad Men or SoA, because BrBa completely shits on both.
12:26AM on 12/14/2010
Yeah, you started at the top. Mad Men is gonna move like molasses for you
Yeah, you started at the top. Mad Men is gonna move like molasses for you
11:38PM on 12/13/2010

Could be...

Could be good, I'm excited to see what Sutter does. SOA is a great show, and I don't know many people who watch it. The 2nd and 3rd season was really great. Katy Seagal is amazing on the show, a big difference from Peggy Bundy.
Could be good, I'm excited to see what Sutter does. SOA is a great show, and I don't know many people who watch it. The 2nd and 3rd season was really great. Katy Seagal is amazing on the show, a big difference from Peggy Bundy.
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