Shocking images of 50 Cent’s dramatic weight loss hit the internet today (May 26) via his own website.

50 dropped the weight for a role in the upcoming film Things Fall Apart in which he plays a football player who’s been diagnosed with cancer. He lost over 50 pounds to get into character.

Over a period of nine weeks the G-Unit general stuck to a strict liquid diet and a three-hour-a-day treadmill walk regimen to drop down to 160 pounds.

“I was starving,” he told, “I’ve been eating. I’ll be back in shape in no time!”

According to the Queens MC will star alongside Ray Liotta, Mario Van Peebles (who’s also the director) and Lynn Whitfield in the film, coming out next year. —Brooklyne Gipson