Eminem Leads The Tributes To 8 Mile Director Curtis Hanson, Dead At 71

Hanson died on September 20 at his Hollywood home.

September 21, 2016
Eminem Leads The Tributes To <I>8 Mile</i> Director Curtis Hanson, Dead At 71 Michael Loccisano/Getty

Curtis Hanson was the director whose "crazy idea" led to Eminem's 8 Mile. That's according to Eminem himself, who has paid tribute to Hanson following his death overnight. Hanson died of "natural causes" at the age of 71, the Los Angeles Police Department have confirmed. In addition to directing 8 Mile, Hanson picked up an Oscar in 1998 for directing L.A. Confidential.

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“Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit,” Eminem said in a statement to Billboard. “He basically made me into an actor for 8 Mile. I’m lucky I got to know him.”

His directing credits also included The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, In Her Shoes, and Wonder Boys. Most recently, Hanson directed the HBO film Too Big To Fail, about the financial crisis.

See below for more Hollywood tributes to the late director.





Eminem Leads The Tributes To 8 Mile Director Curtis Hanson, Dead At 71