50 Cent Shows Off Acting Chops in ‘Twelve,’ ‘Gun’ Movies

After releasing his “Before I Self-Destruct” album and going on a massive world tour, 50 Cent traded his mic for a script for the new movie “Twelve,” due in theaters this Friday (Aug. 6). The Joel Schumacher-directed drama, in which the rapper plays a ruthless drug supplier opposite Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts, is one of multiple film projects he’s lined up over the next year to establish himself as an acting force.

“[Working in film] came down to the actual timing,” 50 tells Billboard.com, adding that he was offered a role in the Sylvester Stallone-directed action flick “The Expendables” but had to turn it down to focus on promoting his last album. For “Twelve,” however, a little downtime in his schedule coincided with a juicy dramatic role and the chance to work with Schumacher (‘Batman Forever,” “Phone Booth”).


Pictured: Actor/rapper Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent attends the Cinema Society & 2(x)ist screening of ‘Twelve’ at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema on July 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)