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Eminem, Jake Gyllenhaal surprise fans at "Southpaw" screening in Livonia

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Eminem and actor Jake Gyllenhaal teamed up to give fans a surprise left hook on Sunday night, July 19, at a screening for their new film, “Southpaw.”

The Detroit rapper and the film’s star showed up at the AMC Livonia 20 to greet those attending the screening, which Eminem co-produced after first being approached to star in it himself five years ago. Speaking before the film — about a down-on-his-luck boxing champ’s struggle to regain his life following his wife’s death — Eminem told the crowd that “from the minute I saw this script I really felt like this movie had the potential to be something special.”

“We hope that you all do, too. Jake did an incredible job ... everybody in the movie is great, in my opinion,” he continued. “I’m super-excited to be a part of it and I just wanted to say thank you to everybody for coming out.”

Gyllenhaal added that the Oakland county-based rapper’s soundtrack album “is sick, too.”

“The training montage is insane because of his music,” the actor said. “It’s an honor to have him even be a little part of the movie, but the fact he gave so much of it, we all gave our hearts to it. It’s an honor to be even next to him.”

Local representatives for Antoine Fuqua-directed film say the two stars’ appearances were a last-minute surprise for all associated with the screening.

Both the “Southpaw” movie and the soundtrack will be released on Friday, July 24. Eminem has released two videos for his own songs from the album, for the track “Phenomenal” and for his duet with Gwen Stefani, “Kings Never Die.” The album also features contributions by 50 Cent, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and The Weeknd.

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