It takes several long stares to comprehend that these photos depict rapper 50 Cent, who once looked like this. In the name of his burgeoning acting career, he removed several tattoos and lost 60 lbs. to play a cancer patient.

If Renee Zellweger's Bridget Jones weight gain, Nicole Kidman's fake nose for The Hours, and Mariah Carey's Precious mustache are any indicators, 50 Cent can expect breathless accolades for his portrayal of a cancer patient in next year's Things Fall Apart. These photos come from 50 Cent's official fan site, where a moderator explains how terrifyingly committed 50 is to his acting career,

He dropped from 214 pounds to an astonishing 160 with a liquid diet and three-hour-a-day treadmill walks for nine weeks.

"I was starving." Now he's back on tour and says, "I've been eating. I'll be back in shape in no time!"

He's really serious about this acting thing, isn't he. [ThisIs50 via DailyWhat]