Although the Ghost character the anchors 50 Cent’s new television show Power has a drug-dealing past, 50 Cent says that the program is not a small-screen version of Scarface.
“People look at Tony Montana, and they think, oh, everybody wants all the stuff he has,” 50 Cent says during an interview with Rolling Stone. “No, there’s an obsession with Scarface because it’s about a guy who came up from the bottom and he made it. He came here and he conquered. That’s the American dream. That’s what Ghost is after. That’s what everybody is after.”
The show, which is set to premier on the Starz network Saturday (June 7), was a good fit for television.
“Hollywood is like fashion: It recycles itself,” 50 Cent says. “No one has remade The Godfather, or King of New York, or New Jack City, because they don’t think they’d be hits now. But on TV, you can do something like The Wire or The Sopranos, and they’re hits. People figured out that TV is where this stuff is happening. Movie stars stopped looking down on TV. So that’s what we’re doing. We’re helping to fill that hole.”
50 Cent also says that he had high standards for Power.
“We wanted this to look legit. It’s for damn sure this ain’t I Got The Hook-Up. Nothing against Master P or anything, but you know… [Laughs].”
The Power trailer is as follows: