Locals Fired Up Over Eminem Film Plan

Residents and officials of Highland Park, Mich., are up in arms about Eminem's plans to burn down a house during the filming of "The Untitled Detroit Project." The rapper's request comes with a pledge

Residents and officials of Highland Park, Mich., are up in arms about Eminem's plans to burn down a house during the filming of "The Untitled Detroit Project." The rapper's request comes with a pledge to demolish three vacant homes, a $2,000 donation to a Highland Park charity, and a lecture to high school students about the movie business.

But these gestures failed to appease about 50 residents who protested the blaze Tuesday.

Highland Park's emergency financial manager, Ramona Henderson Pearson, said she supports the fire. She has the final say on whether the house will burn, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press said.

Council members in Highland Park are mostly opposed to the fire. They held an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue and approved, 4-0, a non-binding resolution opposing the filming.

A few scenes for the Universal movie -- directed by Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") and planned for release next summer -- were shot in nearby Warren earlier this month.

The project is Eminem's first film role, and, as previously reported, will find him starring opposite Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential"), Mekhi Phifer ("O"), and Brittany Murphy ("Girl, Interrupted")

Eminem will collaborate with Dr. Dre on the music for the film, which will feature a soundtrack from Interscope Records.


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