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Eminem says ‘The Eminem Show’ was inspired by two Jim Carrey films

A poster for a reissue of 'The Eminem Show' reveals that Slim took inspiration from 'The Truman Show' and 'Man on the Moon'

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Eminem has announced a cassette reissue of The Eminem Show, featuring merch bundles that include shirts and autographed, annotated posters. The album’s 15th anniversary was last week.

The Eminem Show is the Detroit rapper’s fourth studio album, and his follow-up to the 2000 smash The Marshall Mathers LP. The album spawned the hits ‘Sing for the Moment,’ ‘Without Me,’ ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet,’ and ‘Superman.’ The Eminem Show was released on May 26, 2002 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records.

According to Eminem’s annotated posters for the album, The Eminem Show was partially inspired by the Jim Carrey films The Truman Show and Man on the Moon. Shady revealed a portion of the posters on Instagram today. “The concept 4 The Eminem Show was inspired by The Truman Show,” he wrote, “because my life felt like it was becoming a circus around that time and I felt like I was always being watched. Basically, Jim Carrey wrote my album.”

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Em also wrote that the album cover of The Eminem Show was inspired by the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, also starring Jim Carrey. “I wanted to use the same vibe,” he wrote, “onstage in front of everybody but so lonely.”

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