50 CentSince leaking shocking photos of himself with a dramatic amount of weight lost, 50 Cent has proven the lengths he’s willing to do a job right. In this case, for an acting role.

If you haven’t seen the pics yet, Fif’ leaked two pics of himself to his ThisIs50.com website earlier this week, showing a much light version of himself … 54 pounds lighter that is.

He lost all the weight for his role in the upcoming film “Things Fall Apart,” where he plays a football player diagnosed with cancer.

Some thought the photos may have been photoshopped, but the rapper did a little press this week to talk about them. In an interview with Rap-Up.com, he confirmed their authenticity.

“Yeah, they’re absolutely real,” 50 said. “I shot the first half of the film for eight days and then I left for my international tour, and I spent that time training to lose weight. I had a week and a half after coming back to really intensely train to get down to 160 for the last half of the film project, Things Fall Apart.

“It was a lot for me to actually get there. After the second week, it was crazy. They say it takes 30 days to make a habit, but man… I was on the Internet and I was looking at Christian Bale, while The Machinist was out, he almost killed himself. I was feeling like maybe I’m overdoing it and I’m dropping 54 pounds, but I was in such a good physical state prior to me deciding to go down on the weight.”

Despite his unrecognizable appearance in the photos, Fif’ says you won’t see him in the flesh like that. He’s already up to nearly 200 pounds, and is planning to start weight training to get back to where he was.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ll never go out looking crazy like I just smoked something [laughs]. I’m trying to get myself back together immediately,” 50 tells the mag.

Aside from movies, 50 launched his Invitation Tour on Friday (May 28) in Cleveland, and will continue for 18 more dates, hitting Detroit, Chicago, Houston, and New York.

Below are confirmed dates and venues:

5/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
5/29 – Detroit, MI @ Chene Park Riverfront Amphitheater
5/30 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
6/1 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
6/3 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
6/4 – Los Angeles @ Club Nokia at L.A. Live
6/6 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms
6/7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater
6/10 – Kansas City, KS @ Midland Theatre
6/11 – Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park
6/12 – Houston, TX @ Arena Theater
6/15 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
6/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
6/18 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
6/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
6/22 -New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
6/23 – Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
6/24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
6/25 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues