Mekhi Phifer has such fond reminiscences of working with Eminem on ‘eight Mile.’ He spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about presumably working with the rapper once more, initially turning down his position, and his partnership.
It’s onerous to consider that in 2022, the film eight Mile will probably be 20 years outdated. The film was among the best movies of 2002 and gained the Academy Award for Greatest Authentic Music. Mekhi Phifer, 45, performed Future alongside Eminem’s Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. Even after almost 20 years, Eminem and Mekhi stay good mates. Mekhi talked with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about whether or not or he and Eminem have mentioned working collectively once more.
“We haven’t mentioned that. Whereas we had been doing eight Mile, I believe he received his fill of the rigorousness of being the lead within the film,” Mekhi advised HollywoodLife whereas discussing his partnership with Nutri-Grain. “He’s undoubtedly an artist and a musician. That’s his ardour. I believe he’s actually good as a result of he’s a pure. However I don’t know if he’s attempting to essentially discover all of the characters and attempting to do a complete factor. I believe he’s very centered on his music. However I might like to work with him once more. We’d have some extra enjoyable for positive.”
The actor revealed that he lately spoke with Eminem to do some “catching up,” and so they “need to get collectively” quickly.” Mekhi mirrored fondly about his expertise engaged on the film. “It was such a beautiful expertise simply taking pictures that film,” Mekhi continued. “The camaraderie that all of us had, you possibly can see it on display screen. The friendships that all of us had… all these guys are mates right this moment. Relaxation in peace to Brittany Murphy and my man De’Angelo [Wilson] and clearly Proof, who I portrayed. Curtis Hanson directed the film, and he handed as nicely. So we’ve had some tragedies, however with all these tragedies, I believe we made a traditional film. We made one thing that was a diamond within the tough. One thing that I don’t suppose folks even anticipated. They didn’t know what it was gonna be. To me, I wish to name it the Rocky of the hip hop world. The entire first half is simply concerning the story, after which he fights on the finish. In Rocky, you see him punching the meat, doing this and that, dropping his relationship with Adrian, and doing the entire thing. After which on the finish is the crescendo. That’s what I felt like eight Mile was. It was a beautiful expertise. I imply, it was chilly as hell being in Detroit throughout the wintertime, that’s for positive. However it was an awesome expertise, and I actually, actually loved it. It was very impactful.”
Mekhi admitted that he initially turned down the position of Future. “One, I used to be because of begin ER, and it was proper after 9/11 and so they wished me to journey to Detroit and do that,” Mekhi defined. “I didn’t need to get on a aircraft. However they’d me learn the script, and I actually beloved it. They flew me to Detroit, and I frolicked with Eminem for a couple of days. I used to be like, I actually like this dude.” ER was gracious sufficient to say, okay, you go do this film, and your job will probably be right here ready for you. I used to be enthusiastic about enjoying a health care provider. I had by no means performed a health care provider. Man, I’m so glad I used to be part of it, to get my identify talked about within the music that gained an Oscar was superb. It was only a nice expertise.”
The Love, Victor star is presently partnering with Nutri-Grain to present away 1 million bars to lecturers throughout America. He defined why this partnership means a lot to him. “A part of the Nutri-Grain slogan is, we received your again,” Mekhi mentioned. “Lecturers, as you recognize, they’ve had their college students’ again. My mom lately handed final yr, however she was definitely very a lot well-revered in our neighborhood. As a result of not solely was she a schoolteacher, however she was additionally a dancer and a choreographer. She choreographed all the college performs and taught children at no cost very selflessly locally methods to dance and issues like that, get them off the streets, and never have dangerous conditions. In order that’s just like the ‘received your again’ slogan. She had these children’ backs. I’ve seen lecturers that had been very influential all through my faculty expertise, who had my again, who gave me a robust strong basis. Not solely only for lecturers however for social facets and simply having the ability to be social, having the ability to articulate your self, having the ability to be an asset to no matter it’s that you just’re a part of. That’s what I like concerning the Nutri-Grain model. That’s why I’m undoubtedly enthusiastic about partnering with them for the 1 million bars that they’re giving freely to assist college students get that morning power. You want power to study, and you may’t study if you’re hungry. This entire COVID factor has actually affected a variety of low revenue, middle-class households individuals who depended upon the college being open to present the youngsters breakfasts and provides the youngsters lunch because the mother and father went to work. So not solely are the youngsters out of the breakfast and lunch that they usually have, a variety of mother and father received laid off on the identical time. So with this initiative, I believe Nutri-Grain is doing a beautiful factor. We received your again. We’re by no means going to allow you to simply go hungry, so I simply beloved that side about it.”
The actor famous that lecturers “spend cash out of their very own pockets for provides, snacks, regardless of the children want. You don’t grow to be a trainer to grow to be wealthy. You grow to be a trainer to actually make a distinction. Quite a lot of lecturers are underpaid, however but they do it anyway.” He loves that Nutri-Grain is creating consciousness about how a lot lecturers do. “We wouldn’t be the place we’re with out lecturers,” Mekhi added. By Oct. 16, present Ok-12 lecturers nationwide can signal as much as obtain a “Bought Your Again” bin crammed with Nutri-Grain bars through Kellogg’s Household Rewards.