May 27th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Rapper 50 Cent drops more than a dime for role

Fans may not believe it, but that really is rapper 50 Cent.

The formerly buff recording artist and actor shed 50 pounds using a liquid diet for a role as a cancer patient in the upcoming film “Things Fall Apart,” his rep told CNN.

The performer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, tweeted photos showing him looking gaunt and the images eventually made their way to Facebook and various blogs.

A spokesperson for the rapper said the photos were taken several weeks ago and he has since started to gain the weight back.

According to the New York Daily News, Jackson will portray a football player diagnosed with cancer in the Mario Van Peebles film.

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  9. isaac coffie

    whatz,i thought u really had cancer;Gh was mad when we hired the newz.............

    July 2, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. lmfao

    seriously all of u hating are idiots... if u want to know wats goin on just youtube it..

    June 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sprintz

    Lets b real couldnt of said a truer word..!!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Angie

    Why does anyone care how ugly you think someone else. I would assume that everyone on here is an adult and for an adult to take the time to write that they think another human being is ugly is pathetic and shallow. I doubt any one on here is professional models or beauty queen pagent winners so please look in the mirror twice before you begin to criticize the looks of another person.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    sometimes when you are a super star there thing that u have to do . to get money in hollywood baby that means even gaing weight or losing it ...........

    June 4, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    omg loook at him sooooo ugly

    June 2, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. chi

    i love forums like this where faceless xenophobes can have a say instead of putting on that smile when the see their hate target, It really paints that picture of our true environment. i bet if it was brad pitt who lost all that weight everyone here wil be like..."wow! he is really brave...oh my god Pitt...i love you...." well i guess thats how it will always be.

    June 2, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. LJ

    Don't worry about the haters. You are obviously true to your passion in acting. So continue to be true to yourself, it is paying off.

    May 29, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. money mike

    he looks like a real crack head

    May 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Zip

    In all seriousness, it takes a big man to be that dedicated to shed that much weight. You have to respect 50 CENTS for this great feat. It shows drive and will. Much respect to you 50!!! I hope you get the LOVE and success that you deserve for you committment. I look forward to seeing you film. I'm sure that you will KICK A$$ in your role.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Zip

    It looks like he's no longer 50 but more like ONE CENT. Maybe he sould be called "Penny"

    May 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. daniel

    he got the majority of his tats removed so he can get into acting.. cnn had a story bout it a couple months ago..

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  21. jason

    his tattys are prolly airbrushed on, or thier fake and their airbrushed ON for

    May 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  22. roel play

    The role is over and he is already finished filming.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  23. Brownie1

    He Is A "Rebirth"

    May 28, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  24. Nathan

    Uhhhhh where did all his tattoos go?????

    May 28, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Special matt makeup – they use it on many actors’ even whites to give the illusion of an even skin tone and complexion – I’m a Fifty fan and glad to see him branching off into film – whether he writes or acts good luck to him!

      May 28, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  25. Delphina

    Ohhh! My God he looks horrible!

    May 28, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • cashewfeni

      Well...he is supposed to play a cancer patient. What do you expect? Not sure why he has started gaining the weight before he plays the role though.

      May 28, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  26. Hiphopcricy

    I thought 50lbs of bling from his body...

    May 28, 2010 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  27. kelvin

    i cant beleive am seeing 50cent,i just hope he is really doing fine and hope we are not loosing another brother like micheal jacson,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,from a concern fan

    May 28, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  28. Steve

    I would be more impressed if he could act, which he can't.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  29. kestar

    do ur thing 50 i hope this role brings u close to winner n oscar with that weight lost n the role ur playing movie have to be memorable i love ur work rap wise n as an actor keep doing ur thing man much love n respect

    May 28, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  30. v1m

    This is a great new look for Fluffy and I hope he keeps it.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jayson

    Um Hellooooooooo hes doing this for a film, which is going to cover all his tattoo's, (I read that already somewheres) I thought the same thing when I saw the pics

    May 28, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  32. GUNOT

    Lasers on the tats...that's what an anorexic ex HGH user looks like.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  33. dcgirl

    It's crazy what actors do for a role....

    May 28, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. Khinje

    FAKE FAKE FAKE!!!!! Where are his tattoos???? We all know he is COVERED with them???!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  35. BerrySweet

    well im not that big of a fan but i can say this shows alot of dedication. He works hard to get to where he wants to be and obtain what he wants. His acting skills are also improvin. I give it to him and i would see the movie when it comes out. I just hope he is maturing and becoming a better person as he develops as a man, considering his past. 130 jamaica queenz all day!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  36. CNNIsCensorship

    It's amazing that CNN gives reader feedback censorship power to such anti-American value personalities that act like North Koreans when they arbitrarily delete dissenting OPINIONS while leaving THEIR preferred perspectives in tact. It's truly a case-study is repression of free speech. NO EXCUSES... and the evidence is DAMNING. That is my OPINION.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. KJ

    The bottom line is, 50 has been exploring many avenues of creativity in his multi-faceted career. Whether you like it,.. love it,..or hate it, he's doing something with whatever measure of talent GOD gave him. How many of us are willing to do the same and put it ALL on the line for others to judge???

    May 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  38. k

    Imagine if he was 1 Dollar......

    May 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  39. J

    To people comparing Christian Bale to 50 Cent, wondering why he got away with such little criticism; the difference is, Christian Bale is actually an actor, and a DAMN good one at that. 50 Cent needs to stick to cRappin'

    May 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Tim

    Some of you racist idiots should be ashamed of yourselves - person who called him "starving Marvin," I'm talking about you most of all. I agree with the person who compared the weight loss to Christian Bale's weight loss and the effort it takes. Or what about Tom Hanks who lost major pounds for Castaway; no one is giving him crap. Seriously...bunch of racists.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Oodoodanoo

    Someone please take him to the Candy Shop.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. deuce

    He looks kind of like DMX... Is that messed up?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. john q

    i just heard he changed his name to 50 Lbs

    May 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. emart

    so he really had all his body art removed as well? this guy is committed to his role.. let's hope it's not for another blockbuster bust

    May 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jo

    Terrific. But can he act?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Johnny Orlando

    Hes got AIDS for sure

    May 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Danko Ramone

    Did he happen to gain some actual acting talent and perhaps even enunciation to replace the weight?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Eli

    Thats whats wrong with society today, so many haters knocking others success. 50 Cents really got into his role for the movie and will be banking bucks for the loss of weight. To all the haters, "What have you done lately in life that someone will care about."

    May 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. eTor

    this is really bad.............

    May 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  50. josh

    Please stop hating and do something unique, he got the money already and still thinking about the sick. If you can't be creative go to hell and live him alone. Dye for your brother and get the reward, calling him crack head.....shame unto you and do something better with your life, go to your community and serve your people instead of serving yourself.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Pauline

    Some of you people are so mean. Don't hate, I am sure a few people would love to have some of the opportunities that he has gotten. Oh not to mention the money.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mason

    He isnt that big even with steroids. I dont take steroids and been training for 5 years natural and im bigger than him muslce wise and more definition than him. Im willing to send pictures and do tests to prove it.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  53. G

    Until he loses the 50 pounds, then gets back to his normal weight with 30 pounds of muscle, like Christian Bale in The Machinist to Batman Begins, I'm unimpressed...

    May 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  54. mike

    Crackhead playing a crackhead.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Petro


    May 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. abdul pual

    Hahahah, this guys is a poster child for feed the children network

    May 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  57. derek

    think 50 was on drug heavy...the roll was just an excuse.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. eleanore

    Christian Bale was fine when he did it for that movie he was in... now all of a sudden 50 is this that and the other because he is doing the same. SPARE ME! Go 50! G-UNIT! PROUD that the MAN has come so far from "Life under the street lights!"

    May 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. shibbygirl82

    he looks like starvin marvin now...

    May 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mike

    Give me a break! Liquid diet my foot, all he did was stop taking HGH and steroids

    May 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Rowdy

    where are all his tats?

    May 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mississippi Girl

      He had them removed last year from his arms. Wow the dedication is amazing! Go Fifty!!!!! Now please gain it back.. lol

      May 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Monef

    Instead of appreciating him for his hard work and dedication to his craft, many or u are passing jokes and insults.... if we were all as dedicated to our jobs as he is, maybe we will make the money his is making

    May 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |

    Did they remove his ego

    May 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      TOO OLD TO CARE – Obviously you do care or you wouldn't be taking the time to comment. Don't pass judgment on him for working hard and don't comment on stuff you don't care about!

      May 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • funnyguy

      I loved that!!!! hahaha

      May 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  64. MassiveMarbles

    50, OMG Bro! You must locked yourself away from it all for weeks to get like that! Gain in back bro, ya scar'n me...!

    May 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • the dopeman

      thats what professional actors do. christian bale does the same thing for upcoming roles.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan Green

      That is a lot of torture to put yourself through. Especially if you're a crappy actor. Why does every rapper think he can act. Ice-T, LLCoolJ, Eminem, Mos Def, T.I., Mariah's dude, Andre 2000, Ice cube. The studios use the rappers' names to sell tickets and they are cheap labor.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  65. mimi

    I guess you all are sleeping with fifty, eating with fifty and taking a dump with fifty... just like americans , love gossip and talking about people that they really dont know.. same ish different day... who cares.. I guess you rather he be the crack head so you really have something to talk about.. get a life people, preferably your own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  66. CATom

    He looks like he has the aids. Either from the needle or from another guy. Sick.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  67. lauratj

    Wow–I seriously would not know it was him.he put himself into this role. I wish i could lose 50 lbs or at least 15. Peace. Support one another.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. nasamarine

    Since it's a Van Peeples flick it'll go straight to DVD anyway, he hasn't made a decent movie in years.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mr.Marcus

    Seems like some of you are voicing your opinion about the man, instead of the reasons for his actions. He's playing a person stricken with CANCER. It's not pretty, will not ever be pretty, but maybe there is a method to his madness, maybe someone viewing the movie will take his character more seriously and be moved to action, if they witness this dramatic change. The same way you would with a real cancer patient.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  70. V Saxena

    I'm proud of him. He now looks like me! Hopefully he can gain the muscles back quicker than I ever could! Years of lifting and eating protein-galore and I still look like a 12-year-old girl with anorexia! Good luck with the movie, 50! The fact that you were willing to give up all that muscle to portray a man with cancer is quite admirable! Kudos to you.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  71. barry long

    he looks like a drug addict lol we have seen him act, unless he took classes from denzel, i dont see him portraying anybody in any film. i recently saw the new movie "JUST WRIGHT" starring common, and i love common...but somebody needs to coach these rappers on how to act before they actually make a film. take a lesson from method man, redman, even ice cube....all have played believable characters(even though they are playing themselves lol). it will be interesting to see this film because if he is taking it to this extreme, he must be serious and dedicated.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  72. woody

    Oh my god it doesnt even look like him. Im sure the movie with be well worth it. I hope.

    eat a cheeseburger would ya

    May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Cartman

    Now he looks like the people he used to sell crack to. I wonder how many lives this guy ruined through his dealing with crack cocaine.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Marcus

      ...why are you still using the term "crack"? Are you a cop or something? Is someone you know a "crack" addict? I would be more concerned with the cats who are STILL selling crack to people...focus and channel your energy on stopping them. If you can get through to them, maybe your energy will not wasted on someone whose beyond all that now.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. lapz06

    50 cent turned into 50

    May 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  75. boppitaboopy

    Can you still find him in da club?

    May 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Donna

    Congrats to 50 Cent, it is what it is. In order to be a great actor you do what you have to do for the craft. I think it's great of him to even play a role like that. So once again big ups to Curtis Jackson

    May 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Bobby

    BRAIN RAMBLING HATE RAP music that uses the..B.. word and..F..word even the..N..word, all that VIOLENCE in RAP MUSIC, ARTISTS with that hate, and they spread it with their music.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Mike

    Photo shop, plain and simple. The color tones look like a cartoon (unless he's wearing bad makeup).

    May 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. seymour

    He's a great actor. His whole 50 cent persona is a "gangsta" put on. He didn't have any real tats and he lost 50 lbs by stopping the steroids... all water-weight loss. So, welcome to Hollywood folks... he's not Gangsta... he's talented actor now moving into serious film work. That's my opinion.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Joe

    Look at what's going on in the Gulf, who gives a rats ass about this bozo!

    May 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Tone

    He could lose a hundred lbs but he will still suck at acting... He looks like the hundreds of people he sold drugs to... Who gives a hoot about this crap..

    May 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  82. leelee

    Umm...this article is about a rapper...not a dead actor, I agree...let's move on. Good for 50 cent trying to get in shape and healthy. BTDubbs, how do you know he starved himself? He looks pretty fit to me from that pic...some people do work out and get in shape you know, the healthy way

    May 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Q Dog

    roids and aids.............

    May 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  84. john

    wut is up with 50

    May 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Van

    Amazing what passes as "news" in the mass media today.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

    Ha, this man made more money last year then all of you haters will in a lifetime! lol! Keep hating! It fits you! lol!

    May 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Kimmie

    I see comments about the money should be worth it, but sometimes artists accept a little less money when they know the outcome will lead to bigger and better things. 50 is still new in the biz, so I'm not sure how much money he's getting, but I am sure that the offers will start rolling in if this movie is as good as I expect it will be.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Bri

    Wow.. I want that diet plan.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  89. CaribbeanJJU

    Yo... I'm hope 50 don't got the monster...

    May 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Drake

    This is fake!! His eyes are dark brown not light ive seen him in concert second he doesn't have his tattoos on this picture what do the magically disappear fake!

    May 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bri

      Didnt he have his tats removed???

      May 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • russ

      The 34-year-old star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, also removed his arm tattoos for "Fall Apart" and his other movie project, "Twelve," which co-stars Chace Crawford.

      Read more:

      May 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  91. pea

    so ? does that make him 25 cent insted of fifty cent?

    May 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Come On

    Come On..He looks nuts..Some folks will do anything for money

    May 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Josh

    Some of you people are straight stupid really . The guy dropped the weight for a role that he's playing as a cancer patient . He's showing that he's really serious about his acting career. All of his tattoos were remove because he didn't want to have to wear make up to cover them up for roles all the time. Regardless if it's for a less known producer, it really doesn't matter . The guy is taking his acting career very seriously . I doubt that 50 needs the money . He made 55 million last year alone. So it's more about him wanting to be a global icon.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Mikey

      yeah, he should donate some of those millions to help out the communities and the families he destroyed via his first profitable profession which was crack cocaine salesman. Made his nut with crack, now it's time to help out the same people you destroyed Mr. Jackson.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Johnny Five

    Is he even a good actor?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  95. a dime and a nickel

    wow he looks like 2 cents now.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  96. why the hatred

    James: Quite a few months ago 50 cent talked about having a lot of his tats removed and how painful it was to get it done. I'm amazed at how easy it is for people to find joy in believing the worst BEFORE choosing to be positive.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  97. scubasaurus

    just when i thought he had finally fallen off the map...


    May 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  98. D.R.

    His tattoos aren't showing, that isn;t 50 Cent geniouses.
    Another scam to gain media 50 Cent's tatooos and you'll see his right shoulder and whole ARM is full of tattoos, and on this picture, well...there are none. LOL. And this doesn't look like a "picture taken on the set" where they might have buffed the tattoos, it looks like a home taken pic......hence A SCAM ! 🙂 Sorry for the bubble bursting...

    May 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • El

      If you google 50 cents's tattoos, you might also find out he had some of them removed. Also, where does it state that the pictures were taken on a set (not that a set has to actually look like anything you'd recognize)? Wait I'll answer doesn't.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • El

      p.s. Does your average bathroom mirror have 30 bulbs around it?

      May 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • russ

      The 34-year-old star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, also removed his arm tattoos for "Fall Apart" and his other movie project, "Twelve," which co-stars Chace Crawford.

      Read more:

      May 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Massive and Crew

    Wow, he did this for a movie nobody will see. That sure is dedication.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  100. xmen171

    I guess we should call him "25" cent

    May 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  101. why the hatred

    timekeeper, why the blatant hatred? Do you know for a FACT that his physique came from roids? Or, are you just hating because he was quite ripped and it was much easier for you to attribute it to roids? Not everyone who's ripped attained it from roids. Some of us just choose to be disciplined and hit the gym multiple times a week to get the desired results. I believe 50 cent is no different. What's your body looking like these days?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  102. James

    maybe this is the media's way of covering up that he is dying of a disease and not actually coming out to say it. Come on that doesnt even resemble 50. again, where are the tats? removed? yeah okay...looks like some sort of a "lets see how gulible the public is" scam

    May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Ola

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe had nothing to do with football. It is a story that takes place in the Eastern part of Nigeria in West Africa. I don't think that it is the same premise. If 50 lost this much weight for the role, he is taking the art very seriously and I think deserves some credit. We'll see if the other characters are as devoted and compelling as I expect him to be. Actiing is very challenging and I think we take it for granted that it's just "pretending".

    May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  104. timekeeper

    he hasent made any new music in a while. Loser !!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Mike

    I respected him as a rapper before but now for his ability to take a role this serious he has my attention as an actor too!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  106. LaJollaRich

    Fiddy does not look heathly, at all. What happened?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Uh, did you not READ the article. It tells you why he looks this way.

      May 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Leb

    he must need the money...

    May 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  108. timekeeper

    I agree with those other guy's, probably his doctor told him he had to stop the roids for a little while he was jacked for some time and this is just a way for him to make some money while his liver and kiddneys get some time to heal .
    I never liked him now u can see what he realy looks like with out all that juice.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Im surrounded by idiots!

    WOW! You people are idiots!!! Do you honestly have nothing better to do or talk about?!? Looks like you all need to find a better hobbie..

    May 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  110. sigviscious

    Unfortunately, he lost all that weight for a Peebles film. Other than this photo, I doubt many people are going to see it. He should've lost all that weight for a better filmmaker who'd have challenged his acting ability and not his weight loss.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  111. steve

    what happened to his tatooos?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  112. me

    Ummm to add a more relevant movie reference, though I trifle dated, Tom Hanks lost alot of weight for Philadelphia where he played an up and coming lawyer who was fired for having contracted AIDS. He lost something like 55 lbs for that role, and 40 for Cast Away.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  113. ATLCoug

    Funny in this day and age to have to physically transform yourself. Heck, Avatar looks real....But guess what? those blue people were make up and CGI computer simulations. Can't they just make him LOOK thin?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Jessica

    I dont really think this weight drop is that impressive, given that his previous body wasnt his real body either – steriods created those muscles. I actually hope that he doesnt go back to the steriod's, lets see what 50 cent really looks like.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kirby

      I had no idea Heath and 50cents were friends! Next time I rent batman Forever I will look to see what part 50cent played.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hunny B

      How do YOU know he got that big from steroids? He did a bid in prison before his big debut in 2003. That was prison weight (from the food, etc) that he maintained by working out. Good grief. A person does NOT have to be on steriods because they are very muscular.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sassy Cassy

      Don't hate the playa hate the game. Whether it was steroids or not, some of our greatest players in sports show their the REAL FRAUDS.. I wasn't such a big fan of 50 but I do know that's a smack in the face to us ALL. He showed he could be a gangster, buisiness man, and actor he's a jack of all trades. Its beautiful to see something like that than to see something ELSE.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian McCormick

      Their, there, they're. 3 different words. 3 different meanings.

      May 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • foil

        Don't expect them to get they're spelling and grammar usage right. I mean, really, do ya think there gonna listen to you? Ha don't even go their.

        May 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
        • J

          Lol I almost fell for it til I saw the last Their at the end.

          May 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  115. VoiceOfReason

    @ Shauna R

    Thats a movie trailer.......

    May 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  116. VoiceOfReason

    @ Wavy Gravy

    If you read the more complete story at ETonline, it also says that he got some tattoos permanently removed.

    And for the person that said 'with the right diet, this would be easy to do'...... yes, with the right diet and workout out plan, losing 50 pounds would be easy for someone that is OVERWEIGHT to do. But obviously, this man was more than physically fit. Sitting still he would probably lose 20 lbs of that extra muscle he had, but he would NOT drop another 30-40 by 'eating right.' His body would just stay at a healthy weight, which for him, would be no less than 185 or so. He did this by going on a liquid diet plus 3hrs per day on the treadmill. Scary!!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Shauna R

    ok ummmm would a wealthy man like that have wallpaper like that? I dont buy it, that looks like a cheap motel!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • felyne

      Response to the cheap motel comment, if you weren't so busy hatin' maybe you would notice that the man is sitting in a dressing room.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  118. pU

    Ledger had pale white makeup on as the Joker.....he was also a actor does this have anything at all to do w/a successful rapper turned actor, vitamin drink having black man losing weight for a cancer role? People..cancer patients dont' look so healthy which is the POINT of this. I think he will a do a great job playing the part, he is we can see.One thing he is a drug addict. chew on that

    May 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Bill from SoCal

    Wow, he looks horrible. Certainly doesn't look like 50 Cent at all...he barely looks like a nickle.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  120. wavy gravy

    if this is 50 cent, where are the tattoos?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  121. JJ

    50 HAS BEEN an a couple of decent movies so eat a fat one haters

    May 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  122. I'm Me

    Fiddy looks like Master Splinter from the Ninja Turtles movies

    May 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Bud

    Heath Ledger was simply awesome as the Joker. The Joker is one of those classical roles that is almost impossible to get right as one must combine this awesome sadistic anti-batman and this fun-loving mangum pi sort of character. He was brilliant. Heath Ledger could play the role of 50 cent anytime!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Kim

    He looks so much older now.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  125. joker

    Don't smoke crack kids!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  126. crystal

    eeewwww...he looks a mess...didn't enjoy watching him act in 'Get Rich or Die Trying'...maybe his skills have improved...

    May 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  127. ccm123

    Wow, I cannot believe that is him! He looks....well, like a cancer paitent.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  128. harold W.

    I think its a great thing that he is taking the art serious!!! Don't Knock him.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Lois

    Now he need to learn to act!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  130. jean

    His new look is that of a crack head.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  131. xavier

    man it looks like hes playing a crackhead in this movie........... ha

    May 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Jay

    So now he's 50 percent?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  133. larry

    The only good thing about this guy was his built. Not the rapping, not the talent ( did he have any). No he looks more uglier than before. Rap and hip hop sucks. Those who like him go Pope yourself

    May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  134. debra

    Extreme , it is, necessary maybe . I guess people will go to extremes when it comes to the money. Hope it will be worth it for him.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Who said it's about money? It can't be for fame? or maybe just something that would mean something to him?

      May 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Straight No Chaser 10

      I mean this IS 50 we talking about. Everything he does professionally he does for a reason; VERY calculating. Personally, his reasons I could care less about. I more so admire how no matter what he sets out to do he does it and he dies it BIG. I'm not even a fan but always try to give respect where due. Whether he quit steroids or just purged himself for a month who gives a flyn fu%$; some just HAVE to be negative to feel important.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Straight No Chaser 10


      May 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Straight No Chaser 10

      ...BTW, the last part of my comment was directed at others who posted earlier than the post I'm commenting on. Not necessarily the post Im commenting on now. Just wanted to be clear.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  135. jose

    wow that is scary ass hell 50 your a bad ass matha f er. but likepeopel are saying hope the money is worth it. G-UNIT

    May 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Jamie T.

    Oh lord 50 is trying to be an actor now?! I won't be going to see none of those movies!

    May 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob


      May 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Double negative

      May 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeycartman

      Well he was a good drug dealer, he is a good rapper, good business man (markets himself and makes millions), good gambler (always bets on Mayweather), he was alright in Get Rich or Die Tryin', got to face it, this cat is talented although the ethics of selling crack to your own people and essentially killing moms and dads and destroying families and communities with crack is a big issue that the media and 50 cents' fans seem to ignore. However, many rich white folk started the same way, they built their wealth via illegal means and then went legit and made their millions. It's the American Way, how else are you gonna save up $100,000.00 cash from having zero money. College costs money, and unless your a genuis (physically or mentally) your not getting a scholarship. Anyways, this guy is definitely responsible for many people dying from crack cocaine so it's really up to him if he wishes to give back to the community that he preyed upon. He had a choice, albeit a limited choice, and he chose to sell crack cocaine, made thousands, parlayed it into a rap career, parlayed that into marketing clothes, ringtones, drinks and all the other crap teenagers are in to. So there ya go curtis

      May 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Calling 50 a good rapper is stretching it. He was a commercially successful rapper (meaning he does a good job appealing to the average American Idol zombie), but no, he'll never match up to someone like Rakim, Jay-Z or Eminem.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • missdeedee

      He was in Righteous Kill with Al Pacino & Robert De Niro. I must say, he wasn't bad at all. I don't like his music, but he definitely has my respect. I'm curious to see him in this movie...

      May 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gbenga

      If you're not going to see the movie then DEFINITELY READ THE BOOK. I doubt the movie will do it justice anyway.

      PS: Everyone deserves a second chance in life. It seems Mr. Curtis Jackson has made a pretty good effort to redeem/reform himself I'd say. Besides, would you rather have him still slinging crack on the streets or in jail and being a burden on YOUR tax dollars, or would you have him be making his millions and paying more in taxes that I make in many years? Let's be happy for our fellow human beings for a change especailly when they're doing positive things.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Balco2

    People don't understand how quickly bodybuilders and other athletes can drop 30-50lbs simply by tapering off of steroids. Not saying it was easy to do but definitely doable with the right diet. Not judging because I don't care who does roids or not (except for kids, pro athletes, or ncaa).

    May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Chinua Achebe

    Things fall apart is a great piece of writing. Hopefully Van Peebles does it some service.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imabadman

      I don't think the movie will be anything like the novel. It was a great read though!!!! Achebe is the man!!! Much higher respect for wrestling since reading that!

      May 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • L jones

      Great literary work, I read it in school – many moons ago. I will be sure my son reads it as well.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      That book was amazing.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gbenga

      I LOVE that book. One of the greatest books I've ever read. Definitely one of Nigeria's literary gems. I higly recommend anyone who has not read the book to read it BEFORE it comes out in the movies. I'm sorry but I don't have much faith in Hollywood's representation of books these days.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • V

      You guys clearly did not read the post........


      May 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Frank

    He just stopped taking his steroids is all

    May 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pizat


      May 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris green

      Ouch, thats a little under the belt dont you think? The guy went from drug dealer, felon, and shot multiple times to a successful musican, business man, and now upcoming actor. Like we have the right to degrade and insult if we look into our own lives. Easy to insult someone if we didnt have such a life. Most people with his beginning turns out dead or in prison...but he is doing good things with his life...I think he deserves a break from the insults. Most importantly of all his weight loss is in an effort to capture what it feels like to suffer with cancer, if you had a family member or a close friend who suffered cancer, then you should have some understanding and give his efforts some respect.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dog


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    • Jared

      WHAT? The ROIDS ate NO JOKE??? That's almost like cannibalism. I didn't even know ROIDS had teeth. RIP NO JOKE, RIP. My sympathies to NO JOKE's family, who are probably suffering more than you people think. 🙁

      May 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Hey Chris,

      Idiot – its well known that 50c took steroids for a long time – he even had gyno surgery to reduce his swollen breasts! I have lost more family members to cancer than I would care to discuss, but the point is, that has NOTHING to do with 50c doing roids – thats a WELL KNOWN FACT!

      May 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Rob

    Didnt think he could get any uglier

    May 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Scary

    I hope he hurry up and gain the weight back because, he looks scary. I hope Mario is paying him a lot of money for his role in this movie. I really pray it was worth it, but I have to say 50 had to be very determined to get this role.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris green

      I think we need to remember where and what 50 cent used to be. Now he is getting criticism for being serious about role that involves detailing the emotional and physical ramifications of cancer? I think we need to chill on some of these statements, cause I much perfer seeing 50 cent doing what he has to do to succeed in a legit profession over what he used to do. I mean my goodness, one would think that it would be better to go back to the life of illegal living if a person was reading some of these comments...Give him a break and the respect he has truely earned.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      "but I have to say 50 had to be very determined to get this role."
      Wouldn't you for those million dollars? I would.
      It hasn't got much to do with determined, more with money hunger. If he was determined then he would have done if for free, no payments.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  142. jason

    WOW. Dedication to the art...

    May 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  143. let's be real

    Wow. At first I told my co-worker he was full of it, but it appears I was shown the truth... wow. Rather extreme, but that's usually how actors did it. Though this may not be valid to say, but in my opinion it may even be how Heath Ledger passed away... he was a great Joker and there will NEVER be one better...

    May 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real in this universe

      What does a skinny rapper have to do with Heath Ledger being a "great Joker"? Ledger didn't die because he was trying to lose weight by eating a liquid diet. Time to get real and move on, buddy - he's dead.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      I agree...

      May 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      I agree with Lets Be Real...

      May 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      What in the world does Heath Ledger have to do with this? Please update your film and cinema references before commenting. Thanks.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LovePanda

      I believe the point being made is that Heath also went to extremes to perfect his craft as an actor.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pancakes!

      Umm, what about Christian Bale? He went to the extreme in The Machinist. He's still alive. Obviousley, someone has no idea what they are talking about.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I am not saying Heath didn't do a great job, he definitely did, but come on, he was trying to do the roll of Jack and that cannot be topped.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shauna R

      and , excuse my spelling, charlesse theron? yea i should have googled her name but screw it! in monster she gained like 60+lbs hahahaha

      May 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris green

      Heath Ledger was dealing with issues WAY BEFORE HE COMMITTED to being the Joker. If it werent for his personal issues before the joker role, I think he would be still here today, but joker role did not lead to his death. With 50 cent, clearly he was under the guideance and supervision of health professions to make sure he didnt go over board. If you had a career that you are really serious about, then you will do what you need to do to make a great job at the profession.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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    • bushy

      He's a great actor. His whole 50 cent persona is a "gangsta" put on. He didn't have any real tats and he lost 50 lbs by stopping the steroids... all water-weight loss. So, welcome to Hollywood folks... he's not Gangsta... he's talented actor now moving into serious film work. That's my opinion.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kirby

      I had no idea Heath and 50centw ere friends! Was 50 in Batman Forever? I will have to rent that again.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mps489

      Heath Ledger is dead?!?!?!?!? when did this happen?!?!

      May 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Apparently, half the replies missed my point. I am not linking 50 Cent to Heath Ledger directly. I was making a point about how some actors will go great lengths to make an impact in the movies they star in. That's my point. For those of you who seriously think I was comparing 50 Cent's ACTING ABILITY to better actors' ACTING ABILITIES you need to re-read my comment again. I did NOT say 50 was a good actor... I used Heath Ledger as an example of how far some people will go to produce a convincing and powerful performance. The unfortunate part is that he passed away, but the point wasn't to say that most actors who go too far end up dying. It's just that his performance popped up in my mind.

      At least Shannon and LovePanda got the point. The rest who didn't... well... might want to get your brains checked for damage. By the way, before you spew your hate at me, think before you type. Jumping to your own conclusions without sufficient basis only makes you look like a complete fool.

      First reply, time to get educated.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMAN

      D@mn people! Chill and STFU!

      May 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • CR

      You do know that HL's mouth scars were makeup, right?

      May 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

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