Mekhi Phifer has such fond recollections of working with Eminem on ‘Eight Mile.’ He spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about presumably working with the rapper once more, initially turning down his function, and his partnership.

It’s onerous to imagine that in 2022, the film Eight Mile will probably be 20 years previous. The film was probably the greatest movies of 2002 and gained the Academy Award for Finest Authentic Track. Mekhi Phifer, 45, performed Future alongside Eminem’s Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. Even after almost twenty years, Eminem and Mekhi stay good associates. Mekhi talked with MeSlop EXCLUSIVELY about whether or not or he and Eminem have mentioned working collectively once more.

“We haven’t mentioned that. Whereas we have been doing Eight Mile, I believe he obtained his fill of the rigorousness of being the lead within the film,” Mekhi informed MeSlop 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 an entire factor. I believe he’s very targeted on his music. However I might like to work with him once more. We might have some extra enjoyable for certain.”

Mekhi Phifer and Eminem in ‘Eight Mile.’ (The Everett Assortment)

The actor revealed that he not too long ago spoke with Eminem to do some “catching up,” and so they “wish 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 may see it on display. The friendships that all of us had… all these guys are associates at this time. 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 assume 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 complete 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 in the course of the wintertime, that’s for certain. Nevertheless it was an excellent expertise, and I actually, actually loved it. It was very impactful.”

Mekhi Phifer performed Future in ‘Eight Mile.’ (The Everett Assortment)

Mekhi admitted that he initially turned down the function of Future. “One, I used to be as a result 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 wish to get on a airplane. However they’d me learn the script, and I actually cherished it. They flew me to Detroit, and I frolicked with Eminem for just a few days. I used to be like, I actually like this dude.” ER was gracious sufficient to say, okay, you go try this film, and your job will probably be right here ready for you. I used to be enthusiastic about taking part in a physician. I had by no means performed a physician. Man, I’m so glad I used to be part of it, to get my title talked about within the music that gained an Oscar was wonderful. It was only a nice expertise.”

The Love, Victor star is presently partnering with Nutri-Grain to offer away 1 million bars to academics throughout America. He defined why this partnership means a lot to him. “A part of the Nutri-Grain slogan is, we obtained your again,” Mekhi stated. “Lecturers, as you already know, they’ve had their college students’ again. My mom not too long ago handed final yr, however she was actually 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 varsity performs and taught children without cost very selflessly locally how one can dance and issues like that, get them off the streets, and never have unhealthy conditions. In order that’s just like the ‘obtained your again’ slogan. She had these children’ backs. I’ve seen academics that have 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 simply’re a part of. That’s what I really 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 gifting away to assist college students get that morning vitality. You want vitality to be taught, and you may’t be taught if you’re hungry. This complete COVID factor has actually affected lots of low earnings, middle-class households individuals who depended upon the varsity being open to offer the children breakfasts and provides the children lunch because the dad and mom went to work. So not solely are the children out of the breakfast and lunch that they usually have, lots of dad and mom obtained laid off on the identical time. So with this initiative, I believe Nutri-Grain is doing a beautiful factor. We obtained your again. We’re by no means going to allow you to simply go hungry, so I simply cherished that side about it.”

Mekhi Phifer has partnered with Nutri-Grain to assist in giving again to academics. (Courtesy Picture)

The actor famous that academics “spend cash out of their very own pockets for provides, snacks, regardless of the children want. You don’t turn into a instructor to turn into wealthy. You turn into a instructor to essentially make a distinction. Lots of academics are underpaid, however but they do it anyway.” He loves that Nutri-Grain is creating consciousness about how a lot academics do. “We wouldn’t be the place we’re with out academics,” Mekhi added. By Oct. 16, present Okay-12 academics nationwide can signal as much as obtain a “Acquired Your Again” bin stuffed with Nutri-Grain bars by way of Kellogg’s Household Rewards.