50 Cent draws in celebrity friends’ star ‘Power’ to his show

Rapper-turned-producer 50 Cent is the executive producer behind ‘Power.’ (Photo supplied)
Updated 10 September 2018
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50 Cent draws in celebrity friends’ star ‘Power’ to his show

  • 50 Cent will continue as the show's producer despite his character being killed off
  • The rapper has plans to bring in some of his other celebrity friends into the show

DUBAI: 50 Cent’s character was killed in the latest episode of his hit television show “Power,” airing in the Middle East on Starz Play Arabia, but that does not mean that he will be stepping away.

Before becoming a ratings winner and the flagship show of the network, “Power” attracted viewers through 50 Cent being heavily promoted as its executive producer. The rapper brought a sense of realism to the African-American-led crime drama, a role he will continue to hold.

As a producer, 50 Cent has assisted the show in more ways than one. In a recent episode, he brought in Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar for his acting debut on the show, a performance that garnered positive reviews from fans and critics.

“His response, just the general public’s response to his performance, was more encouraging than me. It was a huge response,” 50 Cent told Arab News.

50 Cent has plans to bring in some of his other celebrity friends as well. After their successful collaboration in the 2018 film “Den of Thieves,” 50 Cent and Gerard Butler have spoken about Butler potentially coming on the program. According to 50 Cent, “Den of Thieves” outperformed expectations because of how well the two of them got along, both on screen and off.

“With ‘Den of Thieves,’ we came in seven million over what they projected and they accounted that to my involvement and the things that we were doing marketing-wise during the promo. Me and Gerard, I think that also opened his interest and having the audience coming out to see him and me,” said 50 Cent.

Power’s audience overlaps strongly with Butler’s, 50 Cent said. “They love Gerard Butler, the same audience watching ‘Power,’ but they love when he’s playing aggressive characters like in ‘300’ or in ‘Law Abiding Citizen.’”

Who would be his dream guest star? 50 Cent did not hesitate to answer.

“Oh, De Niro. I’d bring De Niro. And he’s in New York! He’s always the dream guy to get.”


What We Are Reading Today: Of Privacy and Power

Updated 19 March 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Of Privacy and Power

  • The real dispute was between two transnational coalitions — one favoring security, the other liberty

Authors: Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman

We live in an interconnected world, where security problems like terrorism are spilling across borders, and globalized data networks and e-commerce platforms are reshaping the world economy. This means that states’ jurisdictions and rule systems clash. How have they negotiated their differences over freedom and security? Of Privacy and Power investigates how the EU and US, the two major regulatory systems in world politics, have regulated privacy and security, and how their agreements and disputes have reshaped the transatlantic relationship.

The transatlantic struggle over freedom and security has usually been depicted as a clash between a peace-loving EU and a belligerent US. Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman demonstrate how this misses the point. The real dispute was between two transnational coalitions — one favoring security, the other liberty — whose struggles have reshaped the politics of surveillance, e-commerce, and privacy rights. The authors examine how the powers of border-spanning coalitions have waxed and waned. Globalization has enabled new strategies of action, which security agencies, interior ministries, privacy NGOs, bureaucrats, and other actors exploit as circumstances dictate.