Remember in May of last year when we saw a super scary photo of 50 Cent (real name Curtis James Jackson, III) lookin’ super skinny and extremely unwell? You may recall that he had slimmed down for a film titled Things Fall Apart. Today we get our first look at Fiddy in the film and it is not a pretty sight. Tho, very surprisingly and based solely on the movie’s trailer, it looks like this movie might be a spectacular hit film.
He famously launched onto the music scene with his 2003 multi-million-selling album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – and 50 Cent has shown his dogged commitment to success in his latest film role. The 35-year-old rapstar – real name Curtis Jackson – underwent drastic weightloss to play an American football player stricken with cancer to the extent he almost looked on the brink of death in real life. The star went on a strict liquid diet and spent three hours every day in the gym to lose four stone in two months to drop to under 11 stone for his starring role in Things Fall Apart. The usually musclebound singer however has since put the weight back on since he finished shooting the film, which also stars Ray Liotta, last summer. ‘Fiddy’ said he was inspired to lose the weight by Robert De Niro who lost 35lbs for his award-winning role in Taxi Driver in 1976. Director Mario Van Peebles paid tribute to the rapper, saying: ‘50 was not at all what I expected. 50 is a really focused, bright, disciplined, affable cat. In terms of directing him, he’s a dream.’
Check out the trailer for Things Fall Apart below to see 50 Cent in action:
The sight of Fiddy looking so frail is shocking, yes, but I think I’m even more shocked by the fact that this film looks so good. I actually got choked up watching this trailer. I’m thinking that Things Fall Apart may do for 50 Cent what 8 Mile did for Eminem. What do y’all think of this film? Does it look like something you’d be interested in seeing? Are you as surprised as I am that Fiddy looks like a good actor?