Loads of rappers have taken a turn to acting. But few have really thrown themselves in the craft worthy of an audience’s sustaining attention. Rappers like Will Smith, Queen Latifah and Ice Cube belong to an elite group of acclaimed actors so committed the music pauses, or often stops completely.

Controversial rapper 50 Cent shocked the world revealing a sickly and gaunt version of himself on his website Thisis50.com. The 34-year-old G-Unit front man says he lost 54 pounds for a role in the film ‘Things Fall Apart.’ The rapper went on a liquid diet and hit the treadmill for up to three hours daily. 50 stars in the film as a college football player whose budding sports career turns tragic after he’s diagnosed with cancer. 50, who co-wrote and produced the film with partner Randall Emmett and Brian Miller says the role was inspired by a friend who died of cancer.

If you think 50 is going for skinny guess again. The rapper was recently spotted in South Carolina this week looking like his old self filming the documentary ’50’s Roots’ about his family’s genealogy for VH1.

‘Things Fall Apart’ is directed by celebrated actor and director Mario Van Peebles and is scheduled for release next year.

Will we take 50 Cent seriously as an actor? Could he become the next Will Smith someday?

Photo Source: Thisis50, Getty

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