There have been some curious near-misses when it comes to Eminem and Hollywood. Eminem has come inside a whisker of being in a few of the greatest new motion pictures of the previous few a long time, bringing his fame as one of many world’s most distinguished rappers to the massive display screen past his rap-focused work in one in every of his greatest drama motion pictures, 8 Mile.
The star nearly obtained the plum function of Brian within the Quick and Livid franchise and was additionally first selection for the lead character performed by Matt Damon within the underrated sci-fi Elysium. It seems he additionally got here inside a whisker of taking part in a job that finally went to one of many key gamers within the Star Wars solid.
Hayden Christensen was one of many leads of the Star Wars prequels and, when you’ve watched the Star Wars motion pictures so as, you’ll know that he portrays Anakin Skywalker as he transitions from gifted Jedi to probably the greatest Star Wars villains – the intimidating Darth Vader.
In 2008, Christensen obtained one in every of his most distinguished post-Anakin roles because the lead of Doug Liman sci-fi film Jumper. That film follows a person with the facility of teleportation, who turns into the goal of an evil secret society.
Liman confirmed to MTV that, earlier than Christensen was within the body, he had conversations with Eminem about taking over the lead function. The director stated these conversations have been pushed by the movie’s producer and Eminem’s supervisor.
He admitted that he was open to bringing Eminem in to play the function. “If I’ve confirmed something to myself, it’s that I can tailor a job to an actor … [I could] develop the function with [someone like Eminem] and make it extraordinarily particular to them. So so long as the particular person has performing chops, I’m open to speaking to nearly anyone for nearly any function.”
Tom Sturridge had initially been solid, however Liman got here below strain to herald somebody extra bankable. This led to conversations with each Eminem and Christensen, and the remaining is historical past. Christensen obtained the function, however the film obtained battered by damaging critiques. It’s at present at simply 15% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s intriguing to think about what might need occurred if Eminem had performed the lead in Jumper. It definitely would’ve given the film a unique taste and maybe it might have given it a little bit of the distinctive persona that critics on the time stated it lacked.
For extra on the rapper’s performing near-misses, discover out a bit extra about how Eminem practically performed Brian in Quick and Livid and the function Matt Damon performed as a result of Eminem stated no. And talking of the Quick household, we predict the MCU ought to be taught an enormous lesson from the Quick and Livid motion pictures.
Christensen, in the meantime, is again within the Star Wars fold for the Ahsoka launch date, so it’s a superb time to seek out out what that you must watch earlier than Ahsoka. Elsewhere, you’ll be able to be taught extra about the perfect motion pictures nonetheless to return this yr, together with the Dune 2 launch date.