50 Cent’s output in the drama world the last decade has been phenomenal. Not only has he starred in major studio films and
television series, but he’s managed to produce, star, write and sometimes even fund a steady string of relatively successful B-movie crime thrillers.
50 has appeared in over twenty films alongside A-listers like Al Pacino, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ray Liotta, Viola
Davis and Robert DeNiro. On top of that, over his films have grossed a total of $303,304,740 (and counting).
“I don’t want to put myself in a box, I did that with music,” 50 said in reference to acting. Beyond the drug dealer or hit man (customary roles for rappers), he is
persistently looking to expand his performing skills.
The following column evaluates 50 Cent’s very best acting roles. With many rappers such as the late Tupac Shakur, Will Smith, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Common , LL Cool J, Ice-T, DMX , Snoop Dogg, T.I., Cam’ron, Method Man , Andre 3000, RZA, Mos Def and Mark Wahlberg sliding into the acting world, 50 Cent continues to prove why he’s one of the more dependable to make the transition.
Power is an American drama-thriller crime TV series, created by Courtney Kemp Agboh and produced by 50 Cent. The show stars 50 Cent, Omari Hardwick, Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora.
The television series follows James St. Patrick (Hardwick), nicknamed “Ghost”. He is the owner of Truth, a favorite New York
City nightspot. He also happens to be the head of one of the city’s largest illegal drug networks. Ghost battles balancing these
two lives, and the balance overturns when he realizes he wants to get out of the drug ring in order to mature his legitimate
50 Cent’s character, Kanan Starks, is what you call a straight up ‘beast’. He’s a powerful drug lord that exercises the perfect combination of manipulation, patience, intelligence, martial prowess,
Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and 50 Cent. Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), the reigning junior
middleweight boxing champion, has a dazzling career, a devoted wife and daughter, and a plush lifestyle.
However, when tragedy hits home, Hope hits rock bottom, losing his family, his mansion and his manager. He soon obtains a last ditch savior in Tick Willis (Forest
Whitaker), a former fighter-turned-trainer. With his future on the line, Billy fights to reclaim his life and the trust of his loved ones.
3. Den of thieves
Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist movie written, directed and produced by Christian Gudegast. It stars Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr..
The picture surrounds an elite group of County Sheriff Deputies looking to stop a gang of thieves preparing to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles. 50 Cent plays Levi Enson Levoux, one of
the robbers who set out on the initial heist.
In the film’s most comical scene, Levi (50 Cent) meets his daughter’s prom date and
introduces the teen boy to his friends. As expected, the date is scared out of his mind and promises to return Levi’s daughter home unscathed at 11:30 pm sharp (a la Bad Boys II).
4. Set up
It follows three friends, Sonny ( 50 Cent), Dave (Brett Granstaff) and Vincent (Ryan
Phillippe), who plan out an elaborate jewel heist. Their plans turn lethal when Vincent betrays the two, fatally shooting Dave and
Sonny seeks revenge by teaming up with the most ruthless mob boss in town (Bruce Willis) to recover the cash from the heist.
50 is both cunning and bloodthirsty in this hard-hitting action thriller. Set Up marks the first feature film in a $200 million deal with the production companies Cheetah Vision (50 Cent’s film production
company) and George Furla’s Hedge Fund Film Partners.
5. Righteous Kill
Righteous Kill is a 2008 American crime thriller film directed by Jon Avnet, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg and 50 Cent .
Police psychologists reexamine recordings of a man (Robert De Niro), who claims to be Detective David Fisk, the “Poetry Boy” killer. The “Poetry Boy” earned the sobriquet for his modus operandi
of killing criminals and leaving brief poems with their bodies.
Fisk divulges that he looks up to his partner of almost thirty years, Tom
Cowan aka “Rooster,” (who the audience is led to believe is the character depicted by Al Pacino), considering him to be a role
50 Cent plays drug dealer Marcus “Spider” Smith, who attends a secretly supervised meeting with Fisk. Fisk demonstrates his
innocence during an encounter with this drug dealer, as he has the “wrong” gun and undignified but obviously improper poem.
Ultimately, it’s Rooster who actually kills Spider. Either way, 50 gets murked.