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Mekhi Phifer shut down fans says there will never be ‘8 Mile’ sequel

The ‘8 Mile’ actor says there will never be a sequel.

David Porter (Future) — Mekhi Phifer confirms there will not be a sequel to ‘8 Mile’

Mekhi Phifer shoots down the idea of an 8 MILE sequel.

Fans of Marshall Mathers aka Eminem’s classic film 8 Mile with Mekhi Phifer likely weren’t holding their breath for a sequel as it’s now been 20 years since its release – but in the event they were, Mekhi has some unfortunate news.

TMZ caught up with the ‘Paid in Full’ actor this week while he was out in Los Angeles on Monday (January 2), and asked if there’d ever be a follow-up to the 2002 film. Without mincing any words, Mekhi made it clear there never would be.

In response, Mekhi said there's no chance of a sequel happening, and he gave a good reason.

"Sometimes it's best to just leave it at one," he stated. "Sometimes it's just best to leave it alone. Once you make a classic, no reason to fool around with it.

The hollywood vet also confirmed that there's never been a conversation about making a follow-up film, either—not with him or Eminem.

“Nope. Probably not. Never,” he said. “I think, you know, leave the classics alone and it'll be all good. Let's just live with the 8 Mile”

TMZ’s camera woman then noted an idea for the sequel to be a story about what happens to Eminem’s character B-Rabbit after he becomes successful in the rap game two decades later. While Phifer thought the new story arc would be interesting, he said he won't star in the movie and doubts Eminem would be interested in appearing in a sequel.

“The story that we told is the story,” Mekhi said. “You know, I mean, it could be interesting, but I wouldn't be in it, and I'm sure Eminem wouldn't be in it either.”


Mekhi revealed in a 2014 interview that he considered passing on the role because the movie seemed corny.

“It was interesting because when it first came up I was like, it sounded cheesy,” he told The Breakfast Club. “I was like, ‘Nah.’ And I was due to start ER actually right before the movie started. And I was like, ‘Nah, I’m just gonna start the show, man.’”

In addition to Mehki Phifer’s TMZ interview, he ended that people should simply enjoy 8 Mile as a standalone film, with no sequel necessary.

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