Actor/Rapper 50 Cent recently shared one of his biggest career regrets which includes the timing of his work in film.
From Fif’s perspective, if he could rework his career, he would have invested as much energy in film as he has in music.
“I regret not going into film production faster. I [have] an interest in the storytelling process in filmmaking, but I never really allowed myself to go into it with the same type of focus and excitement that I do with music.” (VIBE)
50 recently appeared on “The View” to discuss the mindset he had to dig into for his role as a drug dealer in the new movie Twelve.
“It’s a totally different experience for me because I’ve been away from that for a very long time,” 50 Cent said in an interview on “The View.” “In this actual project, the character’s actually darker. I’ve never done anything with those motivations. There’s a scene in the actual film where he’s excited to trade the drugs for a woman’s virginity. That’s darker than anything I’ve experienced…Well, I mean just my motivation. I didn’t come there to actually hurt anyone. It was just what the environment provided for me without any requirements…Like they don’t say, ‘You need a master’s [degree] to be a drug dealer.’ Everyone’s eligible. You have two hands [and] two feet… Run, the cops are coming.” (The Boom Box)
The rapper-turned-actor also made headlines earlier this summer for losing around 50 pounds for his role as a cancer victim in the upcoming film, Things Fall Apart.
“It’s about a Heisman hopeful who could possibly be going to the league and everyone is assuming he’s gonna make it and then he’s hit with an illness,” 50 explained in an interview. “I had a friend of mine who actually experienced cancer and it’s what motivated me to write this screenplay. You don’t have to make everything personal, but that project was. That’s why I committed to playing a role where I lost 54 pounds. I had to discipline myself enough until I achieved it but… I got it. (Cleveland News)
Although Fif has released a few films via straight-to-DVD, the rapper recently pointed out the benefits of skipping out on theatrical releases.
“They’ll spend a $120 million on a film or a whole bunch of money making a film and then a whole bunch of money promoting it a year before it actually comes out and the money they get back in theaters is just the money they spent,” 50 explained in an interview. “And then it goes straight-to-dvd and everything is profit there. Some of the movies I’ve done recently, I was financing and I’ve already seen a 60 percent return on what I’ve [been] involved with. They don’t understand, they’re looking at it and going, ‘Well, it went straight-to-dvd,’ and they don’t realize I’m gonna get another $800,000 off each one of these projects. You can sit there and say ‘It went straight-to-dvd’ my a** … They’ll try to figure a way to discredit whatever you do because I come from that. I have a lot, so I’m conditioned to the people who haven’t been through that and can’t get to the next level…If they look at their favorite artists, they don’t have an opportunity to be in a film…” (93.3 Tampa Bay Radio)
Check out a recent 50 Cent interview talking about the movie industry below: