50 cent's new tricks
Q: Do you think fans need or want to hear more of your life story?
A: There's been so many pieces to my life, you know, reported through different media that people make assumptions on who I am without actually knowing. This is an opportunity to give them something to really make reference to my experience. Knowing some of the things I've been through will explain some of the decisions I make in the future.
Q: You show your vulnerable side here. How hard were those scenes to film?
A: Well, I've been spending a large portion of my life trying not to cry when things don't go right. When it came time for me to do that in the film . . . my nervous energy helped me give it the right performance and I could actually do it.
Q: There's a lot of nudity. Was that you in the shower scene or a body double?
A: Jim kind of got us to do stuff we wouldn't do. We got on the set. Everybody was so comfortable working with him; we actually had on biker shorts to match our skin complexion. We were supposed to shoot that scene from the waist up. He said, 'That ain't gonna work.' I went back. He said, '50 take it off.' I took it off. Everybody did. Terrence (Howard) did. Everybody just did it.
Q: Are you tired of all the Eminem and |'8 Mile' comparisons?
A: If you gonna make a comparison let it be something as successful as '8 Mile' was. I think they made the comparisons because we are so closely associated with and we did go off and do films at a great point in our careers musically.
Q: Were you bitten by the acting bug?
A: I like it. I'm not sure I'll actually be out there acting again until I find something that's exciting to me. I just actually completed a deal with Sony Pictures to begin developing film projects so I'll be producing. I'll act in another film if I find a script as exciting to me as my life story.
Q: How much of the film is based on your life?
A: Seventy-five percent factual.
Q: Was the love scene with Joy Bryant uncomfortable at all?
A: After doing the shower scene I was comfortable doing it. I came and I didn't know, I came in my robe and I didn't have nothing on. She's was like, 'No no, you've gotta, you know.' So I came back with a sock on and we did it. We did the scene. It was different because it was still like 30 people on the set. They had the monitors, the crew working with the lights. They all right there. It's not like anything I've ever experienced before in that type of position.