Rapper 50 Cent drops 50 pounds for new film

On the right is an undated image released by www.ThisIs50.com on Friday, May 28, 2010, Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, is shown. Jackson is sporting a slender look to prepare for a role as a football player diagnosed with cancer in "Things Fall Apart". On the left is a Jan. 29, 2010 photo of Jackson at the premiere of "Twelve" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo)

May 28, 2010 1:24:06 PM PDT
Losing 50-plus pounds was a complicated process for 50 Cent -- but not an entirely new one. The rapper plays a football player with cancer in the upcoming film "Things Fall Apart." He 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 tells The Associated Press that when he was shot in the jaw in 2000, he could drink only liquids and his weight dropped to 157.

He says that "it was a lot tougher" this time.

The film is about the rapper's childhood friend who died of cancer and is in production. The rapper says he currently weighs 198 pounds.

He released his fourth album in November and kicks off a North American tour in Detroit on Saturday.