Cut! 10 Reasons 50 Cent Should Stop Acting
By now, you’ve seen the mortifying photos of 50 Cent that emerged earlier this week. The G-Unit general lost more than 50 pounds for a leading role in the movie, Things Fall Apart, a flick about a football player who is stricken with cancer. He reportedly did it by sticking to liquids and spending up to three hours a day walking on a treadmill.
Good for Fif. He’s clearly taking this acting thing seriously. Unfortunately, these latest photos show us that he might be taking it a little too seriously. As a result, his music is suffering, his brand is hurting and he’s coming dangerously close to becoming a has-been in the hip-hop community. With that in mind, it might be time to put away the Hollywood dreams. Here are ten more reasons 50 should stick to rapping.
1. His best film was a movie based on his life.
And truthfully? That flick wasn’t even that good. Fif’s acting debut, 2005′s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, dropped at the peak of his popularity and only managed to make about $46 million worldwide. Not exactly a blockbuster.
2. Not even Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino could save him.
Remember how good you thought 2008′s Righteous Kill was going to be? Um, yeah, about that. Rather than help his acting career, the thriller featuring DeNiro, Pacino and 50 was a critical and commercial flop. If you want to know when things started to go South for 50, look no further.
3. Eminem couldn’t help, either.
50 once said that he talks to Slim Shady before making any major moves. That can’t possibly be true. We have to believe Em could’ve had any number of roles after the success of 8 Mile. But he wisely turned them down. So, why can’t he convince Curtis to do the same?
4. He is literally “going Hollywood.”
Outside of just shedding pounds for his role in Things Fall Apart, 50 also reportedly got several of his notable tattoos removed for the part, including the large “50″ on his back. It’s like we don’t even know who 50 is anymore!
5. He’s gone from “Straight Outta Southside” to straight-to-DVD.
After hitting the big screens a few times early on in his acting career, 50′s dropped several major duds recently. His latest project, the action flick Caught in the Crossfire, is set to premiere on DVD this summer. Likewise, last year’s Streets of Blood also went straight-to-DVD, despite the fact that Val Kilmer and Sharon Stone were also in the movie. Ouch.
6. All of his roles are starting to look the same.
So, wait: 50 Cent is a cop? A drug dealer? A savvy street dude? You don’t say! Seriously, the only good thing about the creepy photos of Fif is that it actually looks like he’s trying to play a different role for once. Because if we had to see him in one more action film featuring a bunch of cops and a bunch of bad guys…
7. His music is starting to suffer.
Last year’s Before I Self Destruct was a solid album. So, why has it taken 50 more than six months to go out on his “The Invitation Tour” to support it? We have to guess it’s because he’s been using all of his time filming movies. Which is unfortunate considering BISD could have been a way bigger album for him than it was.
8. His label is suffering, too.
Outside of Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, is anyone even left on G-Unit Records? Naturally, the Unit has cooled off considerably since 50 has taken his hiatus from music. But it’s basically damaged the label beyond repair. Are they developing new acts? Or has all that taken a backseat while 50 develops new scripts? The latter seems more likely.
9. The cheesy kiddie flick is only a couple years away.
Once 50 runs through all of these passion projects (Things Fall Apart is actually based on one of his friends), what’s next? Well, if the R-rated flicks stop working for him altogether, we’re guessing he might make the dreaded leap into Ice Cube territory, where he’ll be teamed up with some teen actors to film a flick about camping or road trips or high school proms. Only problem? Ice Cube’s actually a pretty good actor, so he can pull that off. If Fif does it, we’re done with him.
10. No one ever said they liked 50 Cent as an actor.
We were fine with 50 doing Get Rich or Die Tryin’. It was the natural next step for him. Even Righteous Kill seemed like the right thing to do. But, beyond that? Yeah, we didn’t ask for anything else out of Fif. Seriously, when is the last time you heard someone say, “I loved 50 Cent in (enter movie here)!” Exactly.
Time to hang it up, 50. Let’s make Things Fall Apart your farewell film.
Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mirror