06/17/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

50 Cent Is Removing His Tattoos

The rapper -- whose real name is Curtis Jackson -- has begun removing most of his tattoos. Turns out, that ink is causing a problem as he turns his focus to acting, with roles in the upcoming drama Twelve, costarring Chace Crawford, and the football flick Things Fall Apart, due out next year.

"It cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up," 50 Cent says about his decision, which he calls "an ongoing process."

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