By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 31 2001 11:00 PM ET
Rapper Eminem, perhaps as well-known for the controversy aroused by his homophobic and misogynistic lyrics as he is for his music, has been signed to star in a film being directed by Curtis Hanson (Wonder Boys, L.A. Confidential), according to Reuters. Hanson seems to have no concern that the performers notoriety or lack of acting experience will be a hindrance. He was quoted in Variety as saying, Working with actors is what I like best about directing, and Eminem is an extraordinarily gifted artist, one whos already shown an ability to project personas and identities. The film, about a troubled youth from Detroit who finds his voice through hip-hop, is being scripted by Scott Silver, the writer-director of the gay hustler indie johns as well as The Mod Squad.