Q&A: 50 Cent Explains Drastic Weight Loss

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50 Cent caused one collective jaw drop with the startling photos of himself weighing a slender 160 pounds. In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up.com, the rapper-turned-actor explains how he lost 54 pounds to play a cancer-stricken football player in his upcoming film Things Fall Apart, how actor Christian Bale inspired his drastic transformation, how much he weighs now, and whether fans will be able to recognize him on his “Invitation” tour, which kicks off tomorrow night in Detroit.

For those who still can’t believe it, can you confirm the authenticity of those photos?
Yeah, they’re absolutely real. I shot the first half of the film for eight days and then I left for my international tour, and I spent that time training to lose weight. I had a week and a half after coming back to really intensely train to get down to 160 for the last half of the film project, Things Fall Apart. It’s myself, Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield, and Ray Liotta starring in the project. It’s directed by Mario Van Peebles.

We barely recognized you.
Yeah, it was a lot for me to actually get there. After the second week, it was crazy. They say it takes 30 days to make a habit, but man… I was on the Internet and I was looking at Christian Bale, while The Machinist was out, he almost killed himself. I was feeling like maybe I’m overdoing it and I’m dropping 54 pounds, but I was in such a good physical state prior to me deciding to go down on the weight.

What motivated you?
I just trained to get as big as I physically could be for the first half. It felt like I had a lot of muscle on me still and I was trying to lose as much as possible to be authentic to what I saw in my experience, because my motivation for the project was my best friend, Charles Pringle. He lived across the street from me; he actually died of cancer. It’s a serious topic. One out of eight people in the world die of cancer. It tops HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria together. If you’re not actually gonna die of cancer, chances are someone you’re active with in your life is.

Have you put on weight since then?
Right now I weigh 198 pounds. I’m trying to get back to 200 and then I’ll start weight training again to get my body back together.

So will your fans still be able to recognize you onstage?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ll never go out looking crazy like I just smoked something [laughs]. I’m trying to get myself back together immediately.

–D.L.



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28 Comments

  1. sly b.

    Wow, he looked really unhealthy…

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  2. Creat1ve

    This really goes to show how good of an actor is he trying to be. I give it to him for working so hard to make his role seem realistic in the movie.

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  3. TYBO2020

    I ALWAYS RESPECT THAT GUY..PEACE FIF..

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  4. G-Unit Soulja

    this is the deffinition of commitment. Good luck with the movie and the tour. The europe tour was amazing!!

    Can’t wait for H.F.M.2!! oh and i’ll be coppin that movie too

    GGGGG G-Unit!

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  5. amir

    G-unot all day lol hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahah u the leader of the ninja turtles for real looking like splinter lol ur a rat lol Homothug lol !!!!! Ahahaha m

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  7. Ron

    Hopefully his dedication garner some Oscar buzz.

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  9. KNUCK

    much love 50.. he removed some tattoos too.. It’s really refreshing to see African Americans nowadays be serious about SOMETHING. He’s serious about the cancer issue and he’s serious about his acting career.. I feel him tho; how can you expect to get serious roles with tats and piercings everywhere.. most scripts don’t call for that!! And if they do you can get fake ones..

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  10. ERIC

    RESPECT ….NOW DROP BLACK MAGIC ALLREADY.

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  11. MzSotaTina

    WOW Curtis, you out did yourself, that picture freaked me out!!!! I’m glad you took the role and took it seriously, but damn man…get that body back!!!! And those tattoos you had removed, i honestly say tattoos like that make a man sexy as hell!!! I miss your tatts already! But i know, you are doing big things…do what you gotta do – still much love for ya! Cant’ wait till you come out to the country ;)

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  12. To Amir

    This goes to Amir G-Unot representer. G-Unot is owned by 50 Cent. So, you now look stupid to match how you sound lmao.

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  14. Fahad

    lmfao amir hahahahaahahahah dud du u know wat your saying lmfao look at this video k?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd6v-RAdILk&feature=related
    hahahahaah dud games pays 50 cent 8 mill on every album just so fifty doesnt put the g-unit logo on it lmfao the more ppl hate on fifty the more money he makes hahahahaha i just laugh at all the g-unot comments cause they r pointless 50 owns everyone

    Get um 50 and drop black majic already

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  15. jahcease

    I have to give it to him I think fif is going to be a very very good actor. With the focus he has now I think he will do a Ice Cube and turn the game around and hit hollywood hard from acting to producing much success. I just got one question to him though iam in the gym lookin to gain mass how the hell in gods earth did he gain thirty pounds in like three weeks shit he done lost weight and gained thirty pounds back and iam still trying to gain at least a pound lol lol.

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  16. a nut

    Big ups to 50 . It shows maturity and couragr to do what he has done for his upcoming role in this movie . I wouldn’t have done it as far as he did , but I aint making that kind of ducketts . Stay up and paid 50

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  18. j dollar.

    That was some real and postive shit u did to play that role I no its not about the bread but being dededicated to something u wanting the world to see. In a good way. Real shit. Keep it beta. Bed stuy Brooklyn.

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  19. j dollar.

    Z

    That was some real and postive shit u did to play that role I no its not about the bread but being dededicated to something u wanting the world to see. In a good way. Real shit. Keep it beta. Bed stuy Brooklyn.

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  20. DE CAKEMAN

    man 50 is gud

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  21. DE CAKEMAN

    always be ur self

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  22. pato mugs

    ya thats outstanding acting these days some clips go fiction,but with that appearence u look natural in the role u made,and that makes u committed,tatoos shudnt be the point but what u want & aiming at as an actor,which is gona sale u as ahot cake! big up to all fans.

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  23. John

    well hes a good enough actor but what do you think about him takeing roids because to gain so much weight in a short time is abit strange lol plus hes like 11stone in the lose picture hes 6foot im 6foot and weight like 10stone i do weight traing and i look alot muscular and tone a stone lighter wtf dont add up i think he may have taken roids because he would have still been build at 11stone thats a good enough weight for 6foot lol plus arnold sayed he only could gain like a stone in a year now thats arnold the terminator fs lol anyway 50cent good actor good rapper in his early raps lol

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