As if the James Franco–Seth Rogen comedy The Interview needed more buzz around it, a scene has been leaked (officially, it seems) in which rapper Eminem comes out as gay. The controversial film follows journalists enlisted to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and it wouldn’t be a Franco-Rogen comedy without strong homoerotic undertones and their latest features a scene in which Franco obsessively sniffing his smelly genitals. Now we learn that Eminem, notorious for his homophobic lyrics although he claims to have no issues with LGBT people, is indeed a good sport. It must be a Christmas miracle!
“When I say things about gay people, people think that my lyrics are homophobic, it’s because I’m gay,” the rapper tells Franco’s startled talk show host character.
“I’m more shocked that people haven’t figured it out yet,” Eminem adds, in a most deadpan, matter-of-fact manner. “I’ve been playing gay peek-a-boo for years. I’ve pretty much been leaving a gay bread crumb trail.”
If only life could imitate art.
The comedy had been pulled from its planned theatrical release due to threats of violence by Guardians of Peace, a computer hacking group which claimed responsibility for a destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures last month, but has now been made available for viewing online and it opened in 300 movie theaters on Christmas day. Box office analysts predict the film grossed $1 million in its first day and could make a few more over the coming weekend.
Watch the chaos surrounding Eminem’s announcement below.