- AFI's 100 Years
- #93, "Lose Yourself"
- Breakaway Pop Hit: Not that the movie itself wasn't popular, but "Lose Yourself" is still considered Em's best song by a wide margin while the film is mostly seen as a product of it's time.
- Cast the Runner-Up: Proof was originally supposed to play Future, who is an Expy of him. They then decided to cast a more experienced actor, and Proof was given the smaller role of Lil' Tic. Taryn Manning was going to play Alex but ended up playing Janeane instead.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Eminem lost twenty-four pounds for the role. He also dyed his famously bleached blond hair to black at the request of the director - so that people would see him as Jimmy and not Eminem.
- Harpo Does Something Funny: Eminem improvised his lyrics and changed the lyrics in the battle rap scenes. This threw off the other rappers.
- Missing Trailer Scene: One of the trailers for this movie shows Jimmy telling his friends that, if something's gonna happen, it needs to happen. This was not said in the theatrical release of the movie.
- Reality Subtext: The sheet of paper that Jimmy writes on the bus is the real paper that Eminem wrote "Lose Yourself" on.
- Release Date Change: The film's release date was pushed back from July 8, 2002, to November 8, 2002.
- Romance on the Set: Eminem was reportedly romantically linked with Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger during filming. Brittany confirmed the reports that she and Eminem dated (he said nothing). Eminem denied the reports that he and Kim dated (she said nothing).
- Stillborn Franchise: The film Southpaw was originally imagined as a direct sequel with Eminem reprising his role - now as an out-of-luck boxer trying to regain custody of his daughter. Along the way, things changed and the script was reworked into the Jake Gyllenhaal film it became - Eminem staying on to write the soundtrack. Interestingly, Roger Ebert said in his review that he would be interested in seeing a sequel showing Rabbit entering the music industry.
- Underage Casting: Michael Shannon, who plays Greg, Rabbit's mother's abusive boyfriend, is actually almost two years younger than Eminem.
- What Could Have Been:
- Quentin Tarantino was very interested in directing, but was too busy with Kill Bill. Danny Boyle was also considered as a potential director, but he was busy with 28 Days Later.
- An early draft of the script had Jimmy working as a bellhop in a hotel, and having issues with his boss.
- Eliza Dushku, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christina Ricci and Alicia Silverstone were considered for Alex.
- Giovanni Ribisi was, at one point, slated to star as Wink. He priced himself out, (meaning he asked for too much money and was turned down), and the part was recast.
- Gary Sinise was the original choice to play Greg.
- Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Eminem had very little time to work on "Lose Yourself" while shooting the film and used any given opportunity to have a pen and paper in front of him to scribble down lyrics. In some cases, he was writing as he was being filmed, such as Jimmy's ride home on the city bus after his first rap battle.
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