Curtis Jackson—a.k.a. the rapper known as 50 Cent—might not be known best for his acting ability, but he wants to change that. It's why he created his production company, Cheetah Vision Films, and made a deal with Lionsgate to create 10 films for them, one of which he premiered at Sundance in 2010. But while "Twelve" might not have received the recognition he would have liked, Jackson isn't giving up his dream of being an acknowledged actor and filmmaker.
"The first time I came here I was here as additional talent. Music. Now, to be here, to actually be a part of the filmmaking process, is great," Jackson said about his experience at Sundance.
Jackson's in Park City, Utah, this year to promote his production company, which still has four more films to make as part of their deal with Lionsgate, and it's likely that Jackson will try to bring one back next year as well. As for his transition into acting, Jackson said it's a constant work in progress.
"With each individual project, I work with someone that makes sure I'm completely prepared for it," he said. "I feel like I'm growing. When the projects get bigger and better the public will start to shift and treat me like anyone else's progress."
Jackson added that he doesn't mind his film career being linked to his music career. In fact, he's encouraging it by keeping his name as Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
"I think I've created such a strong impression in music that people directly associate '50 Cent' to music," Jackson said. "I didn't want my audience from that world to not have interest in me in film."
Do you think Curtis Jackson will one day be able to transition fully into the world of film? Have you seen any of his movies so far?