Eminem Turned Down $8M Movie Role As 50 Cent’s Rival Gang Leader
Back in the day, Eminem apparently turned down $8 million to co-star alongside 50 Cent in a movie where they’d play fictional rival gang members in his Detroit hometown. “It was a film where we were supposed to be playing two guys from different sides of the tracks,” 50 Cent explained to Q magazine (via News.com.au) in an interview that’s set to run later this month. “His thing was he didn’t like to leave Detroit … So I said, ‘Hey, they want to give you eight million dollars to do it and we don’t have to leave Detroit, so you can go home every night!’”
Em wasn’t having it, though: “He read the synopsis and was like, ‘It’s cool but we should do something like The Warriors,'” referencing the 1979 cult movie about the rivalry between New York City gangs.
50 continued: “‘I said, ‘The Warriors? What the fuck, Em? The Warriors? Did you just hear me say they want to give you eight million dollars and you don’t have to leave Detroit?’ He didn’t give a f**k.”
So it never happened. Probably for the best! Though that money would probably have come in handy about now, since Em got sued back in January for a convenient $8 million over an uncleared sample.