50 Cent On Dramatic Weight Loss For Film ‘No One Watched’

50 Cent once went through a huge weight loss programme for a film that 'no one watched'.
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50 Cent once went through a huge weight loss programme for a film that ‘no one watched’.

All Things Fall Apart is about a talented high school football player who is diagnosed with cancer.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, went from 214 pounds to 160 in the space of nine weeks for the part. 

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Speaking to the Associated Press, via the Huffington Post, the musician said he was inspired by the work of method actors, who drastically change their bodies for an upcoming role.

Jackson said: “I think the world took note because people kept making comparisons with great actors like Tom Hanks in Philadelphia and Christian Bale in The Machinist. There is no way to play a role like this without really committing to it.”

He achieved this by going on a liquid diet and running on the treadmill for three hours a day. However, the musician drew on previous experiences to help him through this process.

Jackson was shot nine times back in 2000 and one of the bullets hit him in the jaw. This meant he could only consume liquids, and his weight dropped to 157 pounds.

When asked which time was more difficult, the rapper answered: “This time it was a lot tougher for me.

I had to discipline myself not… to actually have myself be in the physical state to convey the energy I felt.”

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50 Cent lost 54 pounds for his leading role in the 2011 film. Credit: @50cent/Twitter

All Things Fall Apart, which also stars Ray Liotta, was loosely based on Jackson’s childhood friend, who tragically died from cancer.

Even though his thin frame was such a big talking point in the lead-up to its release, the movie was critically panned and went straight to DVD.

Matt Collard wrote for Collider at the time: “Jackson seriously committed to making a full-on physical transformation for the role, but he apparently couldn’t be bothered to take an acting lesson, which makes all of his hard work seem like a waste.  

“Even if the film didn’t hinge on Jackson’s performance, it would still be beset by maudlin clichés, irritating supporting characters, and poor direction.”

Despite the film ‘bombing,’ Jackson has enjoyed success on the small screen with the TV series Power, in which he starred in, as well as being an executive producer.

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