Pictures show star gaunt as result of living on liquid diet

Rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent has shed four stone in weight for his new film, as these gaunt pictures of the star show.

The star also spent three hours a day on a treadmill to get from 15st 4lbs to 11st 2lbs for forthcoming movie Things Fall Apart.

50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – lost the weight to play the role of a star high-school footballer who is diagnosed with cancer.

The rapper, 34, normally weighs 214 pounds and is often seen shirtless, flaunting his muscles. Yet after nine weeks on a liquid diet, Jackson now weighs just 160 pounds, and appears gaunt.

He posted these pictures on Twitter, saying he was “starving”. Jackson, who begins a US tour tonight, has assured fans: “I’ve been eating. I’ll be back in shape in no time!”

50 Cent previously revealed that he was also having several of his tattoos removed for the role.