The True Inspiration Behind 50 Cent's Shocking Weight Loss for 'All Things Fall Apart'
The rapper plays a football player diagnosed with cancer in the film that will be released in February. While he says his efforts to drop the 54 pounds were tough, he stuck with it as a tribute for a friend.
By Sharon Tanenbaum
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THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2012— Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson caused quite the stir when he posted in May 2010 all in the name of a movie role. The rapper’s protruding cheekbones and hollow eyes were a stark difference to his normally heftier, muscle-y frame.
Now, almost two years later, his efforts are on display in the release of the first official trailer ofAll Things Fall Apart, which will hit theaters in February (the film aired in December on BET).
Jackson dropped from 214 pounds to 160 over nine weeks to play a running back who is diagnosed with cancer just before the NFL draft. To lose those 54 pounds, he went on a liquid diet and logged up to three hours a day on the treadmill. “I was starving,” he told .
That means Jackson lost six pounds a week average — a lot more than the recommended half of a pound to two pounds of weight loss per week. “The weight started coming off and my manager told me, 'You better get yourself to a doctor!' I just didn't want to go because I had to match the look in my mind. I was so into what I was doing that I wasn't really concerned with that,” the star admitted.
If Fiddy’s shocking weight loss has you thinking of Christian Bale’s 63-pound drop forThe Machinistor Tom Hanks scary-skinny frame inPhiladelphia, you’re on the right track. 50 Cent said he used those actors’ dedications to their roles (and diets) as inspiration. "I actually got on the computer," he said. "When it started getting difficult, I was looking to see what their experience was like and I got a chance to see all of the interviews they had at different time periods when they were doing promotion for the projects."
However 50 Cent’s real inspiration to make it through the grueling diet and fitness regime was his friend who died of cancer. "I had so much muscle on me that it was hard for me to lose definition even as I got lighter and slimmer. I started running to suppress my appetite,” he toldParade. “Towards the end it was really difficult.
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