Watch: 50 Cent talks 'Tomorrow Today,' hip-hop films and finance
PARK CITY - "I won't be able to rap forever," 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson said during a press conference on Saturday.
"And I won't be able to box forever," added Floyd Mayweather.
I'm sure there's innumerable other reasons why the two professional entertainers have decided to go into the movie business, but at least Fif has figured out how to get the financials in order for a great second act.
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Mayweather and 50 Cent's Cheetah Vision Films -- co-founded with partner Randall Emmett -- will be collaborating together on a new film "Tomorrow Today," scheduled to begin shooting in Grand Rapids, Mich., in August. It's part of Cheetah Vision's $200 million deal with Lionsgate
In an interview with HitFix, 50 Cent expanded on how this film will mark his second time directing (the first helming a feature-length film).
"There was no budget [before]," the "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" star said. "I already picked out the DP for this action project. I kinda keep the same crews... in this action situation I can use my juice card."
Juice card. That must be a bonus with a $200 million deal.
While the pair were mum on details of the film, they were able to expand on their feelings about their particular specialties and how they are portrayed in Hollywood.
"I think it's fair. It's not the entire hip-hop culture," Fif said, then somehow switching the topic to hip-hop artists who have successfully crossed over into acting, like Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Mark Wahlberg and LL Cool J. "They've done it in a way they develop a cache around their brands and the material they create."
"Boxing could be more real in films," Mayweather said. It makes sense, then, that they'd like to work with Sylvester Stallone in the future -- even though 50 Cent thought that Christian Bale did a pretty good job in "The Fighter."