I like to think that I know a good actor when I see one, and ever since I saw that tear run from the corner of his eye to the wired shut jaw in “Get Rich or Die Trying”, I knew Curtis Jackson (rapper 50 Cent) was one of the big dogs. This has become extremely clear after seeing the dramatic pictures of his physical changes in order to play an oscar-worthy role of in the upcoming movie “Things Fall Apart”. Jackson co-wrote, produces, and stars in the film about a football player who is diagnosed with cancer during his senior year. Jackson will be acting alongside Ray Liotta and Mario Van Peebles (who also directs the film).
How did he do it? A nine week liquid diet and work outs twice a day. Jackson dropped more than 50 pounds just in time for the filming of the second half of the movie, going from 214 to 160. When asked about why he pushed himself as far as he did, he admitted to having a close friend pass away from cancer and using that experience as his blueprint for how to embody his character. His manager warned him to see a doctor but Jackson refused, focused on the role and not wanting anything to deter him from his goal of doing the character justice. I see some serious recognition in his future, as this physical transition and dedication to the role, mixed with superior acting capability is comparable to the likes of Tom Hanks in Philadelphia or Will Smith in Ali. This is a film that I am definitely looking forward to seeing.See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.