Alongside Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco, 50 Cent dropped one of the classic rap debuts of the 21st century in 2003 with Get Rich or Die Tryin'. And while his 2005 film debut of the same name isn't as highly respected, 50's acting chops were lauded by several critics, including the late Roger Ebert.
In the nine years since then, Curtis Jackson has acted in nearly 20 films, most of which haven't received the same amount of attention his biopic did. While you're probably familiar with 50's string of highly-publicized beefs, did you know he's acted alongside Robert De Niro not once but twice? And that he played himself in a romcom starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams?
In case you haven't been following Fif's acting career as closely as his music, we present 5 Movies You Didn’t Know 50 Cent Was In. And BTW, check out his G-Unit reunion track and his ferocious video for the title track from his first indie album, Animal Ambition.
Despite boasting the onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino—plus the talents of John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy and 50—this crime thriller failed to impress critics and attracted a small audience. As you can tell from the trailer above, 50 Cent's presence in this film was not overly publicized, so if you didn't catch it, you probably didn't realize the Queens rapper has acted alongside Pacino and De Niro. Not too shabby!
Just last year, the world chose to ignore a serial killer film starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, along with Vanessa Hudgens as a prostitute and 50 Cent as her pimp. Set in Alaska in the '80s, this is an example of a movie that sounds bad on paper and is, in fact, bad on screen. But hey, if you wanna see Nic Cage and John Cusack scream at each other, sure, see this movie.
This 2010 remake of French thriller about Russian roulette had a great cast, but like so many Curtis Jackson joints, flopped with crowds and critics. 50 was joined by Ray Winstone, three Expendables—Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and David Zayas—and Sam Riley, the guy who played Ian Curtis in Control. The movie ends with a stunning plot twist—you just wasted 97 minutes of your life.
Curtis Jackson's second film with the legendary De Niro didn't fare much better than the first. This time, Forest Whitaker joins them for a morally ambiguous tale of dirty cops. It's wasn't a beloved film, but it did feature an incredible scene where De Niro tells 50, "If you double cross me, as long as I have breath in my lungs, I will find you, and I will cook you." Get Rich or Die Fryin'?
Remember that romcom starring Harrison Ford as a cantankerous news anchor and Rachel McAdams as the co-worker who falls for him? Well, that mostly-forgotten movie actually featured 50 Cent making an amazing cameo as himself and rapping "Candy Shop" on stage with Diane Keaton. Yes, Oscar winner Diane Keaton and Fiddy rapped together in a movie. You can watch the trailer above and soak in that exact scene right here.