Michigan Football Movie: 50 Cent On Authenticity

Remember last year when 50 Cent released a couple Twitter photos that revealed a sudden, startling weight loss? The public was aghast, thinking that Mr. Cent was perhaps the victim of health problems.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart

(Still from new 50 Cent film based on Univ. of Michigan football player)

Coincidentally, I was left equally aghast this morning when promotional stills of the movie for which 50 Cent dropped the weight defeated my spam filter arrived in my inbox.

In the flick, titled Things Fall Apart, Fitty plays fictional character Deon Barnes, a University of Michigan football player whose dreams of an NFL career are dashed after contracting terminal cancer.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart Movie Poster

The movie was shot in Grand Rapids, with football scenes rehearsed and filmed at a local community college stadium and an indoor soccer facility.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart Movie Poster

(”L” on the helmet? How appropriate)

Barnes’ doctor is Goodfellas legend Ray Liotta, who plays the lead in the film.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart Ray Liotta

Somebody needs a new agent.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart

The movie premiered last weekend at the Miami Film Festival to rav ..umm .. muted reviews. This weekend it will be shown at a Detroit-based film festival.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart

(True-to-life recreation of game vs Glen Mason-era Gophers?)

Strangely, a trailer for the Mario Van Peebles-directed piece has not been released and basic information about the film - even on the websites of participating film festivals - is sparse.

Perhaps they blew the marketing budget on football uniforms, which for some reason bear a striking resemblance to Grand Rapids Community College’s football team.

50 Cent Football Movie Things Fall Apart Movie Poster

Though I will affirm that Fitty’s portrayal of Univ. of Michigan football on the silver screen project was spot-on in one respect.

It was every bit as authentic as RichRod was in Ann Arbor.

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