50 Cent after his weight loss for movie role

*Losing 50-plus pounds was a complicated process for 50 Cent – but not an entirely new one.

The rapper, who plays a football player with cancer in the upcoming film “Things Fall Apart,” dropped from 214 pounds to 160 in nine weeks after liquid dieting and running on a treadmill three hours a day.

But the 33-year-old said that when he was shot in the jaw in 2000, he could drink only liquids and his weight dropped to 157.

“This time it was a lot tougher for me,” the 6-foot-tall rapper said in an interview Friday with the Associated Press.

“I had to discipline myself not … to actually have myself be in the physical state to convey the energy I felt. It’s a passion project for me,” said 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson.

The film is about a childhood friend of the rapper who died of cancer, and is in production.

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