50 Cent recently gave mad props to actor Samuel L. Jackson, despite his avid criticism of rappers becoming or at least pretending to become actors. But Samuel L. also praised Curtis Jackson, known as 50, for his excellent acting abilities.
In an interview with Vibe, the Hip Hop mogul expressed his understanding about his mentor’s hesitation with rappers.
“Samuel L. Jackson is probably the most underrated actor. Like, he’s trying to go for the world record of underrated … You have the strongest monologue and awesome performance in ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and it’s overlooked. Props don’t count. He deserves an Academy look.”
“To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility and weight that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker – that’s like an aberration to me; you just can’t do that … It’s not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who’s just coming into the business … I know there’s some young actor sitting in New York or in L.A. who’s spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn’t going to get his opportunity … because of some actor who’s been created – and you can use the word ‘actor’ loosely.”
He brought it all together by agreeing with the veteran actor, explaining that if a rapper hasn’t been through the trenches and paid his dues by getting trained, he too would pass on an offer to act alongside another rapper.