Former middleweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins wants 50 Cent to play him in a biopic.
In an interview with ESPN, Hopkins said he is in talks with the producers of Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest to take his story to the big screen and Fif is the man he thinks will do the best job of portraying him.
“I want 50 Cent,” Hopkins said. “He has the swagger. He doesn’t look approachable but he really is. He understands my life. It was his life also.”
Hopkins had a rough upbringing, growing up in the projects in Philadelphia. At 17 he was sentenced to 18 years behind bars on several robbery charges. After serving four years, he started his boxing career in 1988 and eventually earned the title.
The fighter hopes to begin working on the movie after his next bout with current light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal. If he wins the rematch on May 21, at 46 years old, he will be the oldest world champ in boxing history.
50, who spent a lot of time in the boxing gym as a teen, is currently working on the Jessy Terrero fim, Freelancers. In the flick, Fif will play the son of a late NYPD officer welcomed by his father’s former partner, reports Variety. The movie, written by Phillipe Cassius, is set to begin filming on March 28 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.—Elan Mancini