Residents of Highland Park, Mich., are burning mad because a film crew torched a house as part of rapper Eminem's upcoming movie "8 Mile." The house was set afire as part of a key point in the film, w

Residents of Highland Park, Mich., are burning mad because a film crew torched a house as part of rapper Eminem's upcoming movie "8 Mile." The house was set afire as part of a key point in the film, when the main character portrayed by Eminem decides to turn his life around.

Residents protested the film company's need to burn the house, saying Highland Park is already dotted with hundreds of burned out homes and doesn't need the bad publicity. A month-long arson spree earlier this year terrified residents, and some said the filming of a burning building would glorify the very problem which is plaguing their neighborhoods.

In return for shooting the scene, the film company agreed to raze the abandoned house and two others, at a cost of $20,000, and to make a donation to the municipality that is located within Detroit.

As previously reported, "8 Mile" was directed by Curtis Hanson ("Wonder Boys," "L.A. Confidential") and also starring Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, and Brittany Murphy. The film is due for release in next summer.


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