Many children of the ’80s — including myself — saw 8 Mile, proceeded to buy a grey hoodie, and began jotting down terrible lyrics in a marble notebook while riding the bus to our local suburban high school, because the plight of an unfulfilled teenage crush is totally on the same level of Marshall Matthers’ gritty-as-hell tales of life in Detroit’s poorest of ghettos. Daniel Radcliffe, however, chose not to emulate Eminem, but rather imitate him, memorizing lyrics from the entirety of The Slim Shady LP. No doubt that memorization enabled him to grow into the actor he is today; more importantly, however, it makes for good television.
Privy to Radcliffe’s unique talents, Jimmy Fallon had the young actor recite all of the words to Blackalicious’ mind-numbing “Alphabet Aerobics” during last night’s episode. He was accompanied by The Roots, and the whole thing is utterly perfect — like, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Pt 2 perfect.