Plenty of actors have earned an Oscar by taking on a role that requires grueling physical transformation: Robert De Niro for Raging Bull, Charlize Theron in Monster, Adrian Brody in The Pianist. We’re not sure that 50 Cent‘s upcoming movie will be Oscar bait (he co-wrote it), but he sure has committed to his role to the point where he’s unrecognizable.
In order to prepare for his role as a cancer patient in the film Things Fall Apart, 50 Cent had to lose 54 pounds and he explained on his website “I was starving. I’ve been eating. I’ll be back in shape in no time!” He spent nine weeks on a liquid diet to get his gaunt, sickly look down. Kids, don’t try this at home. Seriously.
Check out another photo of 50 after the jump.