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Eminem picks up boxer role

Eminem has landed a lead role playing a boxer in a DreamWorks picture entitled ‘Southpaw’.

The star, according to Deadline, will play a "fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy."

Creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter claims that he has been trying to bring in the ‘8 Mile’ star for a role for some time.  

"I took meetings with Marshall's producing partners over the past seven years, looking for something to do together," Sutter said.  "I know he's very selective and doesn't do a lot. But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album [‘Recovery’], one that I connected with on a lot of levels. He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl.

"I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty," Sutter added. "Which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip-hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right-handed boxer."

Watch the video for ‘Lose Yourself’ from Eminem’s hit film ‘8 Mile’ below: