G-Unit’s 50 Cent showed off his acting skills with some help from late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in a new Academy Awards-themed parody titled “Zero Dark Fiddy” this week.
In the sketch, Fif puts on his military gear takes on terrorism head-first.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is on a mission to rid the world of evil. The rapper-turned-actor stars in Zero Dark Fiddy, Jimmy Kimmel’s parody of the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty. 50 dons army fatigues as he leads the hunt to find the al Qaeda leader (played by “SNL’s” Fred Armisen) in a storage locker in Van Nuys. He uses his gunchucks and sets the record straight on the pronunciation of his name. “It’s 50, the number after 49,” says a frustrated Curtis. (Rap-Up)
No stranger to network television, Fif recently appeared on Carton Network’s Adult Swim series, “Robot Chicken.”
Remember PaRappa The Rapper on the first Sony Playstation console? Well, then chances are you’re going to love this clip from Sunday night’s episode of Robot Chicken. It features the animated rapper squaring off against a rival MC in a freestyle battle, which leads to 50 Cent signing him to G-Unit. They then go out for a celebratory cruise before, well, we won’t spoil it for you. (Complex)
Despite high expectations, Zero Dark Thirty struggled to win big at last Sunday’s Academy Awards.
The film, which has sparked outrage among both Democrats and Republicans in Washington over its depiction of torture, and allegations that the Obama administration leaked classified intelligence to help the making of the film, won no major Oscars on Sunday and only one award overall. Just three months ago, the thriller, which culminates in Osama bin Laden‘s killing by US Navy Seals, was a strong contender to pick up the biggest prize of Best Picture, as well as the Best Actress and Original Screenplay awards. By the end of Sunday night, however, it had picked up just one award – a shared Oscar for Sound Editing, which was a tie. (Reuters)
Outside of Hollywood, Fif recently talked about his music-making tendencies these days.
“I’ve been writing new material since I started to release my actual album,” Fif said in an interview. “I usually make two albums worth of material to give away during the process of selling the actual record because it’s taking a lot longer to position records than it used to. It used to take six to eight weeks at radio and now it’s like, twelve. [laughs] You know, it’s almost twice the length of time. So because hip-hop culture has, like I said, a youthful audience that has a short attention span, they’re not sure it’s smoking hot because it would take six weeks for it to get to that peak point where it’s everywhere in front of you and now it’s taking twelve weeks and they’re like, ‘I like that but I’m not sure if it’s as hot as those other records because it’s just a different climate in time.'” (WSJ Live)
Check out the “Zero Dark Fiddy” sketch: