After being paroled, he parlayed his street cred into an enviable career in gangsta’ rap with the help of the late Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, and the rest, as they say, is musical history. Here, he talks about his latest film, Streets of Blood, a crime thriller set in New Orleans and co-starring Val Kilmer.
Kam Williams: Hi 50, what interested you in making Streets of Blood?
50 Cent: I was looking to work with Robert DeNiro on this picture but ended up working with him on Righteous Kill. The script sat for a while, but once they got Kilmer involved I knew I had to do it.
KW: Tell me a little about your character, Stan Green.
50: My character Stan wants to play things straight, but cannot provide the things his family needs and wants, so he makes some decisions that catch up with him.
KW: How did you prepare for the role?
50: I lost 25 pounds for the role of Stan. I wanted it to be realistic. I wanted the audience to believe I was vulnerable and in danger in parts of the film.
KW: How was it co-starring with Val Kilmer?
KW: Is it true that you liked working with him so much that you gave him a classic car worth $100,000 as a gift after the shooting?
50: I gave Val Kilmer a ‘67 Impala as a gift for taking time to teach me some of the craft.
KW: I see you have already signed on to make eight more movies over the next couple of years. Which do you prefer, acting or music?
50: I am conditioned for music, although I like acting as you can tell a more complete story with a movie character than you can with a three-minute song.
KW: When will your next CD, Before I Self Destruct, finally be released?
50: Very soon.
KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?
50: The 50th Law, written by myself and Robert Greene. I had to read my final edit in preparation for the September 8 release.
KW: The Rudy Lewis question: Who’s at the top of your hero list?
50: Myself, as I have overcome so many obstacles.
KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
50: [Kidding)] Don’t try it! No, just be yourself as an artist and entrepreneur.
KW: Thanks for the time, 50.
50: Thank you.
To order a copy of Streets of Blood, visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026VKXSA?ie=UTF8&tag=thslfofire-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0026VKXSA
To order a copy of 50’s new CD, Before I Self Destruct, visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IX4CKC?ie=UTF8&tag=thslfofire-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001IX4CKC
To order a copy of 50’s new book, The 50th Law, visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006177460X?ie=UTF8&tag=thslfofire-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=006177460X
To see a trailer for Streets of Blood, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWCT7OvnJuw