Eminem Was Almost Cast in New Film Jumper

Eminem was almost cast as the lead in the new film Jumper which opens nationwide this weekend. According to MTV News, the Detroit MC actually sat down with the film’s writer and director Doug Liman back in 2006 to discuss the role. Liman had originally cast actor Tom Sturridge as the lead in the movie, about a man who can teleport himself across vast distances, but 20th Century Fox wanted a more well known star. At that point Liman took meetings with both Em and Hayden Christensen, the actor who would eventually win the role. “[The idea to meet with the rapper] was sort of coming from the producer and [Eminem's] manager,” Liman explained to MTV News. “If I’ve proven anything to myself, it’s that I can tailor a role to an actor. [I could] develop the role with [someone like Eminem] and make it extremely specific to them,” he said of his thoughts at the time. “So as long as the person has acting chops, I’m open to talking to almost anybody for almost any role.” Although the studio was pushing for the director to cast Em because of his star power, Liman was convinced that Christensen was the right person for the role and stood his ground.

  • http://www.myspace.com/thekidmakesbeatz Kid Pistol

    Although Em actually surprised me with his great performance in 8 Mile, I think Doug Liman made the right/smart move sticking with his gut and castin Hayden Christensen. I probably won’t see the movie though. Maybe if it had Em I would. haha

    • real talk

      SO what xxl meant to say is this was almost news.

  • http://hotmail.com pimp p

    1st fuck that white boy

  • trayy369

    Em, was also tagged to star in the film “Wanted” as well. The comic was based on his likeness, but they optioned to go another route.

  • BIZZLE

    WELL I WAS ALMOST A MILLIONAIRE BUT MY LOTTERY NUMBERS DIDN’T MATCH UP…..WHO THE FUCK CARES.

  • Trickdd

    Lol At Comment^. Im Glad Em didnt setuate hisself with this lame ass movie

  • The Spaniard

    “WELL I WAS ALMOST A MILLIONAIRE BUT MY LOTTERY NUMBERS DIDN’T MATCH UP”

    Exactly. Who thought this was remotely interesting as is?

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    ^^^lmao.

    Eminem should do another film, he was good in 8 Mile. But he said he wouldnt do another one, so why talk about one?

    • Jigga

      em’s in that have gun-will travel movie that they’re filmin

  • Nate

    Where’s your girls “PIMP P”? Guess they over at my house. So you not really a Pimp are you?

    I guess then, “that white boy” is much closer to being real (and much more successfull than you ever will be.

    Keep pimpin, pimpin. Watch more t.v. and keep bloggin poser.

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  • dark vanilla

    Fuck Hayden Christensen. I would take any actor over him. I thought he screwed up the Anakin role in Star Wars. As for Eminem, I don’t think he would have fit the role well either, but I did like the 8 mile shit.

  • moh.p

    how the fuck can you ever take a film seriously if u got a rapper as the lead…come on…rappers should just be rappers and actors shud just act…if enimen was in dat movie the cinems would just be packed with eminem obsessed white boys..when u watch the film u always gonna see dat dude that was in the video Ass like dat emz a comical rapper how can u take him seriously in a movie like dat…Doug Liman made the right choice

  • mrexit387

    Ummm…

    In case you didn’t get the memo…Em is fat now, and definitely cannot jump.

    http://www.celebitchy.com/8736/photo_of_fat_eminem/

    • Kev Lomax

      LMFAO!

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  • bode

    i think he deserve another since his movie was outstanding i.e 8 mile.pls let him feature in another movie bcos he has d gut to do it.i think he his one the best rapper.big thumps to him…Eminem

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  • jennabellKC

    They made a mistake, and it’s a huge one…JBKC, x

  • Kev Lomax

    I think Em is nice and all, but c’mon XXL just cause it has a rappers name in it doesn’t mean you have to report it.

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