As having internet access just so happens to be our common denominator, I’m pretty sure that all of you have seen pictures depicting a gaunt Curtis Jackson a.k.a 50 cent circling about the net. His vacant stare was just as troubling as his pointy head, and I figured that something had gone seriously wrong with his health. But, as I was trained to do in newspaper writing 101, I read the subhead of the news piece [although of the gossip sort], and found out that he indeed lost over 54 pounds for his upcoming movie Things fall apart.
The aficionado of African literature in me first thought that they were adapting Chinua Achebe’s novel to film. My slight disappointment was appeased once I discovered that the movie’s main theme surrounded cancer since, with all the junk we take into our bodies each day, it is very apropos. In fact, the movie tells of a football player who is stricken with cancer at the height of his career. Inspired by his friend’s fight with this disease, Mr. Jackson co-wrote this film, which is touching and commendable as he is exploring a topic that affects us all one way or another. His weight loss, evidently to embody the signs of chemotherapy and/or illness, spells out determination to the project. He went on an all-liquid diet for 9 weeks as well as walking on a treadmill 3 hours a day.
I must admit that when I first caught wind of the extent of his commitment towards his role, as in jeapordizing his health like the big shots, I thought to myself: “Leave it for Denzel”. I mean, if you don’t have raw acting talent why go through all of this? To be fair, it’s not only the end result that matters, but also the heart you put into the journey. Although I predict that Things Fall Apart will be a hit at the box office, I’m not entirely convinced that 50 is a good actor. As I write this, I wonder how a post first meant to question an ill-calculated leap into acting turned into a celebration of the strength and perseverance of the human spirit and the likes. He’s even removing a bunch of his tattoos since they require too much valuable time to cover up in the dressing room.
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