Eminem reacts to death of ‘8 Mile’ director Curtis Hanson

Curtis Hanson, the director of the movie 8 Mile, has passed away at the age of 71. He was declared dead by paramedics late Tuesday afternoon at his Hollywood Hills home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, who said he died of “natural causes.”

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

Eminem said in a statement to Billboard.

Hanson won a screenwriting Oscar for L.A. Confidential and directed the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.

Originally published at SocialUnderground.