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Hip-Hop Mogul 50 Cent Gets Shredded for Hollywood

Find out how Curtis Jackson turned his success in music into the Starz hit TV show "Power."

Have you been cast in the Predator remake?

I’ve met with the writer and director. [Shane Black’s] one of the guys who’s really sought after in Hollywood. But it’s a Hollywood thing— hurry up and wait. It’s why I took a different approach in my involvement with film and television. In this case, it’s just scheduling and moving around the film.

Any role you regret turning down?

I could’ve done The Expendables, but the time period that they wanted to shoot it was too long. We talked about the project, explained it—I was playing the role Terry Crews played—but I couldn’t actually do it when it came time to go shoot.

Scheduling conflict?

I had a new album, a new fragrance, and I had three new brand-extension opportunities happening that were probably going to spin off into about $38 million. You don’t not do what allows you to make $38 million to go film a project that may change things. Common sense would say that I have to go and do what Ido.

Have you worked with any actors who intimidated you?

Following my performance in Freelancers with Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker, I haven’t been on set with anyone who made me feel like I should question my choice. I didn’t go to school for acting, [and] on Freelancers, I got two Academy Award winners. And I wasn’t nervous or questioning anything that I was doing at that point. When I was put on Power, at that point, no one on the show was an Academy Award–winning talent or even worked on that level.

The release of your Street King Immortal album has been delayed since 2011. What’s the holdup?

I want to finish with that project. I don’t want to write another record after that. You know how some artists got to have confirmation that they’re right. I have that confirmation in fucking 35, 40 million [albums] that I already sold.

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