Eminem Almost Played Matt Damon's Role in 'Elysium'? Here Are Other Strange First Choices for Film

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When you think of Eminem, you don't exactly think serious actor. Though the rapper's film 8 Mile — an autobiographical pic about the struggles he dealt with before his rise to fame — was well-received, Eminem hasn't been in a film since 2009's Funny People... in which he played himself. So it's pretty surprising to think of him as a could-have-been star of the sci-fi film Elysium. Though director Neill Blomkamp wanted the rapper for the role, Eminem turned it down, and it went to Matt Damon instead. But it's not the first time that first choices for roles were drastically different from the film's eventual stars. Here's a list of some other strange actor swaps.

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