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Future is based almost entirely on Eminem's best friend Proof, from hosting the battles to the story of how he got his name. Proof also plays Lil' Tic, the rapper B-Rabbit faces in the first battle. Proof manages to sneak his name as an acronym when he raps, "I'll (P)unish (R)abbit (O)r (O)bsolete (F)uture."
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The first film to have a rap/hip-hop song win an Academy Award.
The sheet of paper that Jimmy writes on on the bus is the real sheet that Eminem wrote "Lose Yourself" on. The sheet of paper sold for $10,000 on an eBay auction.
The rap battle scenes took days to film, and the 300 extras were starting to get bored. Director Curtis Hanson started an improv freestyle rap battle among them, and the three best rappers would be filmed going head-to-head with Eminem. Each of the 134 volunteers got fifteen seconds in front of the judiciary panel. Ultimately, the jury chose four rappers, who got a one-shot, one-take-only scene with Eminem, who wanted to mime his responses to save his voice for the scripted scenes. Eminem couldn't resist the challenge by staying silent, especially with the crowd taunting him, and took on his opponents.
Eminem was unable to accept his Academy Award in person. He felt so sure another nominee would win that he did not bother to attend the ceremony. Instead he was sleeping, while his daughter watched cartoons the night he won.
The DVD made $40 million on its first day of release, a record at the time for an R-rated film.
Eminem lost 24 pounds for the role.
Eminem was quite keen that the film not be an autobiographical piece, as he felt that homing in on his own personal history would limit the storytelling and characterization. By creating a fictional character, he knew that he would be unrestricted in how he performed.
Director Curtis Hanson asked Eminem to dye his hair back to his natural colour so that the audience would relate him to as Jimmy Rabbit, instead of his Eminem persona.
The title is a reference to 8 Mile Road, which separates Detroit from seven northern suburbs. Eminem grew up near 8 Mile Road and filmed parts of his "The Way I Am" video there.
Brittany Murphy admitted in an interview on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that she and Eminem became romantically involved during production.
During filming, Eminem wrote in a notebook between takes. It was his only chance to compose the film's soundtrack.
Quentin Tarantino, Alan Parker, Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry were all considered to direct. Tarantino reluctantly declined, as he was in the middle of production for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
In the movie, Rabbit's mother states he got his nickname rabbit because, as a child, he had big ears like a bunny rabbit. In real life, Eminem's relatives called him "Mickey," in reference to "Mickey Mouse," for the same reason.
Proof, the inspiration for the character Future, was sought by producers to play that role in the film. However, Proof failed to show up for the audition and director Curtis Hanson decided that he wanted a more experienced actor to play Future. Proof was then cast in the smaller role of Lil' Tic.
When Eminem lived in Detroit, he first started performing at Shelter, a Detroit club located in the basement of St. Andrews Hall. Scenes that take place at Shelter were filmed in an empty warehouse because the actual club looked too nice.
Eminem is in every single scene of the movie.
The films poster shows B-Rabbit writing on his hand. The words are the opening lyrics of the film's signature song "Lose Yourself."
8 Mile (2002) was originally considered to have an unofficial follow-up movie, titled "Southpaw," with Eminem reprising his role, now as a down-on-his-luck lightweight left-handed boxer trying to regain custody of his daughter. The script eventually evolved and that idea was scrapped. However, the film was eventually made and was released in 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring in the lead role with Eminem producing the soundtrack.
The group 313 is a reference to Detroit's area code, 313. Certain people are called "eight tens" because of the suburbs on the other side of 8 Mile Road had the area code 810 in 1995.
Michael Shannon, who plays Greg, Rabbit's mom's boyfriend, is actually almost two years younger than Eminem.
In the final battle, Future says that there are new rules, one of which is that each man gets a minute and a half to do his piece. This genuinely happens; from when Rabbit tells everyone from the 313 to put their hands up, to Future telling the DJ to cut the beat, exactly 90 seconds pass.
Gary Sinise was the original choice to play Greg.
Ali Miyzaan, an extra, was shot outside a Detroit theater on the film's opening night.
Papa Doc (Anthony Mackie) is taunted by Jimmy for being unlike Tupac Shakur, whom Mackie later played in Notorious (2009).
In the last battle against Papa Doc, B-Rabbit says, "He's shook 'cause ain't such thing as halfway crooks." This is a reference to the instrumental playing in the background, from the rap duo Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones Pt. II." The chorus is, "There ain't no such thing as half-way crooks, scared to death, they scared to look, they shook." The same song is played in the opening scene, when Jimmy is practicing in the bathroom.
Eliza Dushku, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Christina Ricci were considered for the role of Alex. Originally, Taryn Manning was going to play Alex, but ended up playing Janeane instead.
In the scenes where Jimmy walks in on his mother, Wink and Alex, and Lily, you can hear the instrumental to "Lose Yourself" coming from Jimmy's headphones, if you listen closely.
Eminem's character walks from a real trailer park a block off of 8 Mile to the real 8 Mile road, and boards a bus.
In the final battle, B-Rabbit says that Papa Doc went to Cranbrook, an exclusive private school outside Detroit, with its own on-site science museum and planetarium.
Giovanni Ribisi was, at one point, slated to star as Wink. He priced himself out, (meaning he asked for too much money and was turned down), and the part was recast.
Eminem was reportedly romantically linked with Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger during filming. Brittany confirmed the reports that she and Eminem dated (he said nothing). Eminem denied the reports that he and Kim dated (she said nothing).
Alicia Silverstone was considered for the role of Alex.
In the original script Jimmy Worked at a hotel carrying people's bags and had issues with his boss.
The character of Papa Doc (Anthony Mackie) takes his name from a villain in another movie set in Detroit, Action Jackson (1988) starring Carl Weathers.
The film cast two Oscar winners: Eminem and Kim Basinger; and one Oscar nominee: Michael Shannon.
The cans in which prints of the movie were transported to theaters were labeled "Mars Project."
Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon later starred in the Christmas comedy The Night Before (2015), though they only shared one scene together.
The film that Rabbit's mother is watching on TV, when he comes home from taking Cheddar Bob to the hospital, is Imitation of Life (1959).
The film's release date was pushed back from July 8, 2002, to November 8, 2002.
Detroit's Penobscot Building was used for exterior shots of the WJLB scenes. Interior scenes were filmed in the Book Building.
Chloe Greenfield and Mekhi Phifer would appear on ER tv show.
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One of the trailers for this movie shows B-rabbit saying to his friends that if something's gonna happen, it needs to happen now but this was not said in the theatrical release of the movie.
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Sara Stokes: a crowd extra in the final rap battle scenes.

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