“Get out of the way”: Jamie Foxx Was Hurt By Film Crew’s Utter Disregard For His Safety After Everyone Left Him Stranded To Rescue Tom Cruise

Jamie Foxx’s feelings were hurt when the film crew prioritised Tom Cruise over him

Jamie Foxx Was Hurt By Film Crew’s Utter Disregard For His Safety After Everyone Left Him Stranded To Rescue Tom Cruise

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  • Jamie Foxx felt hurt when Tom Cruise was prioritised over him
  • Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx’s film Collateral suffered an on-set accident
  • Jamie Foxx got an Oscar nomination for his work in this film
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Jamie Foxx had the golden opportunity to star in the 2004 film Collateral alongside veteran and iconic actor Tom Cruise. Taking up the role, Foxx described in great detail how he wasn’t the main character of the story.

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Talking about a life-threatening incident, Jamie Foxx remembered that the cast and crew of the film were more concerned for Tom Cruise than Foxx when they told the actor to move out of the way so that they could reach Tom Cruise to help him!

Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in Michael Mann's Collateral
Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in Michael Mann’s Collateral

When Jamie Foxx Was Told To Get Out of The Way

Jamie Foxx found worldwide fame when he portrayed the character of Django in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained. Before that, the actor was indeed prevalent in Hollywood but was treated like a side character rather than an actual star.

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Talking about one such scenario, the actor talked about the shooting of his 2004 film with Tom Cruise titled Collateral. Portraying the role of a taxi driver, Jamie Foxx quickly realizes that he isn’t the main star of the movie when Tom Cruise hires his cab whose character is actually an assassin. Sitting alongside Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Foxx gave his account of what it was like working on that film on The Graham Norton Show.

“We [Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx] were in the car, driving. We’re supposed to do this stunt where I crash into another car. Right? But it was supposed to be a stunt but what happened is the car is out of control and I actually do crash into the car”.

The Day Shift actor further continued,

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“And when they get there, they’re like ‘Jamie, get out of the way. TOM! Are you okay?’. And that’s when you know your place.”

Foxx revealed in another interview that he received directions from director Michael Mann to dial his acting down!

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Jamie Foxx Failed To Impress Tom Cruise In Collateral

Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in a still from Collateral (2004)
Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in a still from Collateral (2004)

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Since the difference in stardom was pretty evident during the making of the 2004 movie, Jamie Foxx tried to bring some of his natural acting into the movie. In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, the actor recalled that since he was a cab driver, he was doing his thing when Cruise sat in the backseat. Trying to do some improv, Jamie Foxx was quickly told off by director Michael Mann to stick to the script!

“So I’m in the cab, ACTING. And Michael [Mann] says, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I gotta do my thing. You know who’s in the backseat [Tom Cruise], and I gotta do my thing!’ He says, ‘How about you not do your thing?'”

Jamie Foxx was nominated for the Oscar for the movie and Collateral received a rating of 7.5/10 on IMDB and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.