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"8 Mile" Turns 15 This Year, So Here's Some Fun Facts You Might Not Have Known

"There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti."

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Eminem as Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr.

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What he's been up to: The Missouri native went on to release five more solo studio albums, which earned him numerous accolades including Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards. He's also released a second book called The Way I Am and headlined two tours.

Film Fact: In the film, Eminem's nickname is "rabbit" because of his big ears, but in real life, his nickname was "Mickey" because of the same reason.

Mehki Phifer as Future

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What he's been up to: The Harlem native went on to star in projects like Honey, Dawn of the Dead, This Christmas, the Divergent franchise, ER, Lie to Me, Frequency, and the 2016 History channel mini-series remake of Roots.

Film Fact: Mekhi's character was inspired by Eminem's real-life best friend Proof, who actually played the role of Lil' Tic in the film.

*Proof died on Apr. 11, 2006.

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Brittany Murphy as Alex Latourno

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What she's been up to: The New Jersey-raised actor went on to star in projects like Just Married, Uptown Girls, Little Black Book, Happy Feet, The Dead Girl, Deadline, and King of the Hill.

Film Fact: During an interview with David Letterman, Brittany revealed her on-screen romance with Eminem followed them off-screen.

*Brittany Murphy died on Dec. 20, 2009.

Kim Basinger as Stephanie

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What she's been up to: The Georgia native went on to star in projects like The Door in the Floor, Elvis Has Left the Building, Cellular, Even Money, The Sentinel, The Burning Plain, The Informers, Charlie St. Cloud, Grudge Match, 4 Minute Mile, The Nice Guys, and Fifty Shades Darker.

Film Fact: Rumors began swirling around Kim and Eminem being romantically involved, but the rapper completely denied it.

Anthony Mackie as Papa Doc (Clarence)

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What he's been up to: The New Orleans native went on to star in projects like Brother to Brother, The Manchurian Candidate, She Hate Me, Million Dollar Baby, Half Nelson, We Are Marshall, Eagle Eye, The Hurt Locker, Notorious, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau, Gangster Squad, the Captain America franchise, the Avengers franchise, Ant-Man, Our Brand is Crisis, The Night Before, and Detroit.

Film Fact: This was Anthony's first feature film and his first credited acting role.

Michael Shannon as Greg Buehl

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What he's been up to: The Kentucky native went on to star in projects like Kangaroo Jack, Bad Boys II, The Woodsman, Let's Go to Prison, Shotgun Stories, Revolutionary Road, The Runaways, Mud, The Iceman, Man of Steel, Young Ones, 99 Homes, The Night Before, Frank & Lola, Elvis & Nixon, Loving, Nocturnal Animals, Boardwalk Empire, and The Shape of Water.

Film Fact: Gary Sinise was actually who the casting directors first had in mind for the role of Greg.

Eugene Byrd as Wink

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What he's been up to: The Philadelphia native went on to co-star in projects like Anacondas: The Hunt for Blood Orchid, Rails & Ties, Paranoia 1.0, Confess, Julia, Bones, Easier With Practice, and Light and the Sufferer.

Film Fact: This is one of Eugene's most notable roles.

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Omar Benson Miller as Sol George

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What he's been up to: The California native went on to co-star in projects like Shall We Dance?, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Things We Lost in the Fire, Miracle at St. Anna, The Express, Eleventh Hour, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Beastly, Homefront, and Ballers.

Film Fact: Omar's character and his group of friends referred to themselves as 313 in the film, which symbolized the Detroit area code in which they lived.

Evan Jones as Cheddar Bob

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What he's been up to: The Texas native went on to co-star in projects like Mr. 3000, Jarhead, Glory Road, Lucky You, The Book of Eli, Gangster Squad, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Shot Caller.

Film Fact: Everyone seemed to work extremely well together. Evan revealed Eminem took the cast to a Detroit Lions game when they first started rehearsing for the film.

De'Angelo Wilson as DJ Iz

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What he's been up to: The Ohio native went on to co-star in projects like Antwone Fisher, The Salon, and Mercy Street.

Film Fact: This was De'Angelo's first feature film.

*De'Angelo Wilson died on Nov. 26, 2008.

Taryn Manning as Janeane

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What she's been up to: The Virginia native went on to star in projects like Hustle & Flow, A Lot Like Love, The Breed, After Sex, Love Ranch, Redemption Road, Low Down, Experimenter, #Horror, A Light Beneath Their Feet, and Orange is the New Black.

Film Fact: Taryn was originally considered for the role of Alex, along with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Christina Ricci, and Alicia Silverstone.

Chloe Greenfield as Lily

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What she's been up to: The Michigan native went on to co-star in projects like 21 Carbs, Project 313, and ER.

Film Fact: Chloe was only seven when she made her Hollywood debut in the film. She's now 22.

UPDATE

After reading some of the comments, there seems to be some confusion. The word "native" is defined as the place or region in which someone was born. That is how it was used in the post.

I hope that clarifies any misunderstanding.

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