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Matt Damon's Elysium Role Offered To Eminem First!

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Oh, Eminem, the director of Elysium sure does Love The Way You Lie Act???

That's right, the man at the helm Elysium, Neill Blokamp, actually approached Eminem for the part of the lead role, which he only did after asking South African rapper, Ninja, to star.

Ninja nunchucked the idea out, and Eminem was in, but only if Elysium was shot in Detroit and ended in a freestyle contest.

We can definitely see Eminem lose himself in the moment during a scene in Elysium, but we're happy the part went to the guy who seemed most enthusiastic about it: Matt Damon. How ’bout dem apples, Eminem!

After having been shown some concept art by Neill, the man formerly known as Jason Bourne said this:

“It absolutely blew my mind. I talked to Jim Cameron about Avatar early on, and what struck me about Neill was the same thing that struck me about Cameron: The world had already been created. It existed in their minds.”

Well, Matt, do NOT miss this chance to blow…our minds in Elysium!

[Image via Ray Garbo/WENN.]

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