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Oscar-winner Eminem is ready to return to acting for Fox thriller

01.07.2011

Did I just type "Oscar-winner Eminem?" Huh, I did, didn't I? I almost forgot about that. So it turns out that the man who has more Oscars than Sidney Lumet and Sergio Leone combined is returning to the big-screen for his first acting role since 2002's 8 MILE. Em is set to star in RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, a crime-thriller set up at Fox.

The film would star Em as an ex-con trying to keep his life straight despite pressure from his former colleagues to rejoin the gang and from the FBI to join them in taking the gang down.

VIOLENCE has apparently been bouncing around Fox for years now with a number of writers taking different stabs at the material. Currently David Von Ancken ("Californication"), who wrote the most recent draft, is in line to direct the film.

It's unclear if Eminem, whose "Recovery" was the #1 album of 2010, would contribute any songs to the soundtrack of the film but it's hard to imagine that he wouldn't have some part in that. No word yet on when filming on VIOLENCE might begin.

Extra Tidbit: Will he pull a Rock and start going by Marshall Mathers when he's acting?
Source: THR

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1:52AM on 01/10/2011
Conceptually boring, they're gonna need alot of grit to nail it.
Conceptually boring, they're gonna need alot of grit to nail it.
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9:08PM on 01/08/2011

Another ET:

It should also be noted that this project was formally GTA: The Movie before Rockstar decided they weren't getting enough for selling the license.
It should also be noted that this project was formally GTA: The Movie before Rockstar decided they weren't getting enough for selling the license.
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3:38PM on 01/08/2011

Sweet

I believe Eminem has the ability to be the next Will Smith. I think he can be a tremendous actor. And If he can get some decent roles maybe we can see that.
I believe Eminem has the ability to be the next Will Smith. I think he can be a tremendous actor. And If he can get some decent roles maybe we can see that.
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6:14PM on 01/07/2011
Eminem was playing Eminem in "8 Mile." Let's see what he's like when playing another character.
Eminem was playing Eminem in "8 Mile." Let's see what he's like when playing another character.
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5:31PM on 01/07/2011
People think just because hes a rapper he will suck but i have high hopes I know hes been wanting to get into making movies and stuff so i hope he gets to the point he wants.
People think just because hes a rapper he will suck but i have high hopes I know hes been wanting to get into making movies and stuff so i hope he gets to the point he wants.
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3:14PM on 01/07/2011

Mixed feelings on this

Sounds cool and so does Southpaw but anything that delays him away from making more music is kinda annoying to me. He just came back and has been KILLIN it
Sounds cool and so does Southpaw but anything that delays him away from making more music is kinda annoying to me. He just came back and has been KILLIN it
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11:27AM on 01/07/2011

Eminem still needs to prove he can do more than just one role

He was funny though in Funny People
He was funny though in Funny People
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12:33PM on 01/08/2011
Agreed. The scene he was in with all the other comedian cameos was the ONLY funny part about Funny People.
Agreed. The scene he was in with all the other comedian cameos was the ONLY funny part about Funny People.
10:07AM on 01/07/2011

??

I'm a fan of Em as an actor..
but as a Kurt Sutter devotee, I'm confused, as he and Kurt were supposed to be doing a boxing movie it was reported? has that been pushed to the backburner? or will he just film this one afterwards?
I'm a fan of Em as an actor..
but as a Kurt Sutter devotee, I'm confused, as he and Kurt were supposed to be doing a boxing movie it was reported? has that been pushed to the backburner? or will he just film this one afterwards?
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9:46AM on 01/07/2011

Don't want to nit pick, but...

Wasn't Funny People the last time we saw him on the big screen? I mean, it was a small role, but it was easily one of the funniest parts of the movie, that's for sure.

But I'm not worried for him, cause he proved time and time again (just like in that MTV Movie Awards stint with Brüno :P) that he has some good acting chops.

Also, no Marshall Mathers. He changed his name for a damn good reason...
Wasn't Funny People the last time we saw him on the big screen? I mean, it was a small role, but it was easily one of the funniest parts of the movie, that's for sure.

But I'm not worried for him, cause he proved time and time again (just like in that MTV Movie Awards stint with Brüno :P) that he has some good acting chops.

Also, no Marshall Mathers. He changed his name for a damn good reason...
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