Rapper 50 Cent Drops 54 Pounds for New Film

Rapper 50 Cent could have won “The Biggest Loser” hands down with his new look. The 34-year-old hip hop star shed some 54 pounds to prepare for his role as a cancer-stricken football player in the film “Things Fall Apart,” dropping from a buff 214-pound to around 160. Photos of the slimmed-down 50 Cent that surfaced on the Net recently show the rapper in a gaunt appearance.

In an interview with US Weekly, the Grammy Award winning rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, said that he had to starve himself for nine weeks to realistically channel a man stricken with cancer. 50 Cent said he took no solid food and walked on a treadmill three hours a day to lose all the weight. The rapper, however, said that he is now back to his normal eating habits and promised that he’ll be back in shape “in no time.”

50 Cent wrote the film after being inspired by a friend who died of cancer. “Things Fall Apart” is directed by Mario Van Peebles and produced by 50 Cent and Randall Emmett through Cheetah Vision Films.

See the slimmed down 50 Cent here.