Why Did Eminem Turn Down The Leading Role In 'Elysium'?


It turns out that legendary rapper and "8 Mile" actor Eminem was offered the leading role for an upcoming sci-fi epic, "Elysium," but decided to turn it down because the film wasn't being shot in Detroit.

If you didn't know, Eminem is a native of Detroit and very loyal to the city that raised him. Perhaps a little too much though, because "Elysium" would've taken his acting career to a whole different level and is projected to hit blockbuster status when it comes out in August.

The leading role ended up being given to Matt Damon, who was actually director Neil Blomkamp's third option behind Em and South African rapper Ninja of Die Antwoord.

Unfortunately for all you Slim Shady fans out there, Eminem is in no rush to return to the big screen:

"Elysium" comes to theaters on August 9, and you can check out the trailer below:

via HotNewHipHop, Photo Credit: WENN