Jamie Foxx parlayed his Oscar win into not only more major acting roles, but a respected musical career — and he still kills with his stand-up skills
Before his Academy Award-winning performance in Ray, Jamie Foxx was a well-liked comedian, both as a stand up and from his TV roles (In Living Color, The Jamie Foxx Show). His film career was part of the package (Any Given Sunday), but was mostly in supporting roles or B-level movies like Booty Call.
In 2004 he broke out with both his Oscar win as Ray Charles, and opposite Tom Cruise in Collateral, a film that earned him a second Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.
Sometimes an Oscar win can be a jinx (just ask Cuba Gooding, Jr. how his career is going), but Foxx did not fall into that trap. While Stealth was a forgettable follow-up, he was now on the A-list and better roles continued in Jarhead, Dreamgirls, Miami Vice, The Kingdom, The Soloist and Law Abiding Citizen. And this sly Foxx also took the opportunity to advance his career as an R&B singer, a career that was stalled after he released his first album, Peep This, in 1994. Taking advantage of Oscar’s golden glow, he released a top tier R&B album Unpredictable, which went to No. 1 on the R&B chart. His latest album is Best Night of My Life, released last December.
He’s coming to Atlantic City July 4th weekend to show off his versatility. He’ll be the host of the Foxxhole Comedy Jam at Caesars on Friday, July 1, which features a comedy line-up that includes Earthquake, Aries Spears, Tony Roberts and more top comics. He’ll take the next day off to chill and enjoy the city, and then on Sunday, July 3, he’ll express his musical side with a performance at the House of Blues.
In a phone interview with Atlantic City Weekly this week, Foxx talked about his double shot of shows in A.C., hanging with Ray Charles and his plans to eventually slow down and enjoy his life away from showbiz.
What will your comedy show be like?
I have a group of the funniest comedians in the world. I’m going to host it and keep it moving along, but the comedians are absolutely fantastic. I’ve been doing this for twenty years. Come out and get your laugh on; if you’re just feeling okay, we’ll make you feel great.
Since you said you’ve done shows where you combine your comedy and music, do you like this opportunity to do comedy one night and then concentrate on the music?
[Comedy] is part of my DNA. Even in my musical show there is always some comedy sprinkled in. I let the songs that I choose tie in with a story, a little personal stuff, because some of the music speaks to me personally, like the song that I have called “I Always Fall For Your Type.” I talk about how you date someone, and then you break up with that person, then date someone who looks like the person you used to date. I always keep it fresh.
Can I assume your going to have some party time on the day off between your two shows?
It’s going to be party time the minute we fly off to get there. We are going to be partying the whole time. It’s July 4th; we have to bring that edge, but not too hard because I don’t want to wreck my voice.
I couldn’t believe how nervous I was as I approached the mike to make Foxx an honorary member of the Other Atlantic City.
For a second straight year, Academy Award winning actor, singer, comedian and Sirius XM Radio host Jamie Foxx is spending some July 4th holiday time in Atlantic City.
“I have a group of the funniest comedians in the world. I’m going to host it and keep it moving along, but the comedians are absolutely fantastic. Come out and get your laugh on; if you’re just feeling okay, we’ll make you feel great.”
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