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SHOCKING PHOTO: 50 Cent Loses 50 Lbs.

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Courtesy 50Cent/Facebook

50 Cent sure is taking his new acting gig seriously.

Not only has the rapper, 34, removed his tattoos for his upcoming flicks, he also reportedly dropped more than 50 lbs. – slimming down from 214 to 160 – in order to play a cancer-stricken football player in Things Fall Apart, due out next year.

Photos posted on ThisIs50.com show a gaunt 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, with sunken cheeks, a result a liquid diet and strict exercise regimen for more than two months.

In addition to Things Fall Apart, the rapper is costarring with Chace Crawford in the drama Twelve and will be kicking off his U.S. tour Friday in Cleveland.

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