Yup, Eminem is in Funny People. It’s only a cameo, so I’m guessing that it’s just the one scene, but regardless, MTV has a look at him in character, which appears to be himself, chatting with Adam Sandler’s George Simmons. Judd Apatow also told MTV what it was like to direct the Detroit rapper:
“I was scared to pitch jokes to him then I realized his songs are as nasty as anything that has ever been spoken. There is no way to offend him.”
Clearly a lovely working relationship. Why worry about getting him to make a rude joke when he quite happily discusses killing people in his music? I think I may have stumbled upon why rappers are so successful in films lately. They’ll do anything. Just ask Bruno.
I’m not that fussed about him having a cameo, as at least in something like this, that deals with famous people, it’s believable. It’s only in films that are set in the ‘real’ world that a two minute cameo from someone this famous would be jarring. That being the best barometer to gauge cameo success; whether it takes you out of the film. In this case I think its safe. We’ll find out come July 31, 2009 when Funny People hits theaters stateside.
What do you think? Where do you stand on famous cameos?