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    White Boy Rick says it’s an honor to be played by Eminem

    Although the premiere of “BMF” is still over a month away, the buzz is growing on the Starz drama inspired by two Detroit brothers-turned-drug kingpins.

    On Thursday, executive producer Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, told a gathering of the Television Critics Association that he knew using digital technology to turn guest star Eminem into a 16-year-old version of White Boy Rick would give the new series “a little splash,” according to Variety.

    It’s the same de-aging effect that director Martin Scorsese used to make Robert De Niro and others look younger in “The Irishman,” his Jimmy Hoffa movie.

    In other “BMF” news, the real-life White Boy Rick, Richard Wershe Jr., confided to TMZ that he is happy that Eminem will be portraying him inthe show. Wershe described it as “an honor” and said he didn’t really have any tips for the legendary Detroit rapper.

    “I think he’ll kill it, whatever he does,” said Wershe, who was recruited at 14 to be an FBI informant, sentenced to life in prison in 1987, and, after a lengthy effort to win his freedom, released in July 2020 after being granted parole.

    Eminem’s latest album “Kamikaze” is featured in this year’s list of top albums. The album was his 10th album in a row to go No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

    “BMF” will follow the journey of Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, brothers from southwest Detroit who built a drug empire that involved multiple states and garnered them close to $300 million.  

    Demetrius Flenory Jr. will play his father on the series, which also will feature Da’Vinchi as Terry Flenory and Snoop Dogg as the family’s spiritual advisor.

    A trailer for “BMF” — which stands for Black Mafia Family — arrived Thursday, with glimpses of the Motor City (yes, the Renaissance Center is in one of the skylines) in what’s identified as “Detroit 1980-something” on screen.

    “When we was growing up, we wanted to be like Young Boys Inc. … More than anything, they had respect,” says a narrator, referring to a notorious Detroit drug gang that started in 1970.

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