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Eminem is thanking his lucky stars he didn’t star in Antoine Fuqua’s latest film Southpaw after all.  The Detroit bred rapper was slated to produce and star in the film three years ago, but bowed out to focus on music. Studios execs then turned to Jake Gyllenhaal to star as lead character Billy “The Great” Hope, and boy did he go through one heck of a physical transformation for the role.

HipHollywood caught with 50 Cent during the film’s press day where he told us Eminem applauded Jake’s performance, especially because he knew he wouldn’t have been able to give it the same amount of dedication. “His exact reaction was Jake man f%*k,” laughed the Candyshop rapper. “Because he didn’t see him like that physically or anything.”

Gyllenhaal, along with director Antoine Fuqua, worked out twice a day for 5 months to prep for the role. “He worked hard man. The discipline that he put in to developing the character, it’s obvious you can’t miss it. Eminem,” he pauses with a big grin, “It would have been a different film let’s just say that.”

Southpaw is in theaters July 24th.

 

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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