Omari Hardwick Borrowed Money From 50 Cent, Made $150K Per Episode on “Power”

Eight years ago, 50 Cent premiered a crime drama on the STARZ network called Power. It would go on to become one of the network’s highest-rated shows, while also receiving critical acclaim in the process. The series ran for six seasons and it displayed 50 Cent’s visionary knack for storytelling and casting. Thus far, Power has already boasted two successful spin-offs (Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan & Power Book III: Force). Perhaps the most important actor to have ever been cast in the “Power Universe” was Omari Hardwick in the lead role of Ghost (aka James St. Patrick). His character laid down the foundation for a franchise that helped 50 Cent land a $150 million deal with STARZ to continue to develop even more shows. But with all of the money and fame that has been made, 50 Cent’s former lead actor still doesn’t believe that he’s been given his fair due, financially.

In a recent guest appearance on The Pivot Podcast, Hardwich revealed that despite the vast popularity of “Power,” he only made $150K per show.

“I still haven’t made what I should have made. I still never made the money—no, the money, I never made what I should have made. Never,” Harwick said. “Period. It’s happening now, finally.”

The 48-year-old actor also opened up about having to borrow money from his former boss, during the making of the hit series and how proud he felt to pay him back.

“I think he forever just really really respects the shit out of me for that, we just not taught that in our community,” Omari shared. “Barely do we pay anybody back.”

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