Rapper Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, 42, admits he’s homosexual in “The Interview,” the controversial action comedy distributed by the Columbia Pictures unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Detroit-raised musician is playing a caricature of himself in the film, but his deadpan acting is spot-on as he says: “When I say things about gay people, or people think my lyrics are homophobic -- it’s because I’m gay. I like men.”
He adds: “I’m more shocked that people haven’t figured it out yet. I mean, it’s kind of like I’ve been playing gay peek-a-boo.”
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This isn’t the first time the rapper has made fun of himself on camera. The occasional actor appeared in the 2009 Judd Apatow movie, “Funny People,” which also starred actor Seth Rogen, who co-directed and starred in “The Interview.”
With a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un serving as a key storyline, “The Interview” engendered a great deal of backlash by that country’s government before the film’s limited release this month. In fact, the FBI said the nation was responsible for a cyberattack on the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network last month that exposed internal emails, executive salaries and other employee information.
Whether or not North Korea was behind the action, the hackers threatened terrorist attacks against U.S. movie theaters that showed “The Interview,” which had been scheduled for release Christmas Day. A number of major North American cinema chains pulled the film from their rosters Dec. 17. However, the movie was made accessible for online rental Dec. 24 and via a limited release at selected theaters Dec. 25.