Eminem has held it down on the big screen as B-Rabbit in 8 Mile, but he didn’t make the transition from rapper to actor entirely on his own. The Detroit, Michigan native recalls getting some advice from Ice Cube that made his first appearances on the big screen go smoothly.

“I think Ice Cube said this one time; I think I heard him say this one time,” Em told MTV News’ Sway. “If you can rap, if you can perform to the camera for singing and videos, it should be a pretty, fairly natural transition. I felt like having heard him say that was like, ‘Oh, this may be fairly easy’ — and it wasn’t. 

Instead, Em was surprised by how difficult it was compared to his experiences in music. “It’s a whole different thing, because you may be used to performing to the camera, but it’s a whole different ball game when the music is off and you have lines that you need to say,” he continued. “It takes a minute to get used to.”

Em will explain more on his acting career with an appearance on MTV’s “RapFix Live,” which will stream on MTV.com on Wednesday at 4 p.m. EST.

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