The famous rapper, film star and filmmaker launches his own major production. 50 Cent is a busy man; he’s kicked off 2011 as one of the featured artists on the Dr. Dre produced “Syllables” alongside Eminem, Dr Dre and Jay Z; is about to join Diddy in the headphone market when he releases his own range later this month; and sees the release of his latest movie Gun in South Africa exclusively at Ster-Kinekor theatres nationally on Friday 21 January.
Written, co-produced and starring 50 cent, Gun is the latest big screen venture from the multiplatinum rapper whose film career kicked off in 2005 with Get Rich And Die Trying, followed by performances alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill; Samuel L Jackson in Home of the Brave; Val Kilmer in Streets of Blood; culminating with Before I Self Destruct in 2009.
For Gun, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, teamed up again with veteran screen star Val Kilmer, James Remar and director Jesse Terrero to bring his vision to the screen.
“Initially when I started the plot, it was a socially conscious story about how guns go from the manufacturing point to retail and purchased by law-abiding citizens and how they fall into the wrong hands. And what made it interesting and so relevant… was the fact that companies like Smith & Wesson are up 125 percent in sales in the middle of a recession.”
Gun is the story of how men on both sides of the law cross that barrier and turn these basic metals into weapons of wealth, justice, revenge and power.
Gun was filmed in and around the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan during the bitter cold months of winter. On set the soft spoken Jackson was recognised as not the kind of actor who receives a producer’s credit but doesn’t really do anything. Co-producer Randall Emmett said: “It’s exciting for me to work with someone as committed as he is. He brings his own mobile studio with him.” Emmett added. “He’ll have three-and-a-half minutes between takes, and you’ll see him in his trailer working on music. He makes everyone else feel lazy.”