Anthony Mackie’s Shakespearean training helped him tackle iconic 8 Mile rap battle

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When facing Eminem in a rap battle, you may have to go deep into your bag of tricks. The star of the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie told Sean Evans on the latest episode of Hot Ones that he went 16th-century English poesy deep when prepping to play the privileged rapper Clarence “Papa Doc” in 8 Mile. Papa Doc famously loses to Eminem’s B-Rabbit in an embarrassing fashion during the climax of the hit drama.

“I find myself very lucky to have studied Shakespeare,” Mackie says. “The idea of approaching a rapper from the perspective of an actor, you’re really just speaking in poems. I always said, one of the greatest rappers ever lived was Shakespeare.”

Mackie was doing the interview

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SPOILERS AHEAD! Don’t read further if you haven’t watched the finale of the Showtime series Your Honor, which wraps its 10-episode limited series run tonight. What follows is a recap of the final episode of the drama that got Bryan Cranston nominated for a Golden Globe, followed by an interview with British writer Peter Moffat –the BAFTA winning creator of Criminal Justice, which was adapted into the American series The Night Of. Moffat developed and ran Your Honor and here explains how he transplanted some elements of an Israeli TV series but went mostly his own way after borrowing a killer concept. He set the drama in New Orleans and got Cranston to play a righteous judge who turns all kinds of wrong, betraying everyone and everything he held dear, in a desperate effort to cover up his son’s hit and run accident, a decision he made in a

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