Jamie Foxx is an acclaimed actor, singer, and comedian who has given numerous box-office hits in his career. The actor came to the limelight with his The Jamie Foxx Show and later made his silver screen breakthrough with films like Ray, Collateral, Horrible Bosses, Django Unchained, and others. He has won numerous accolades including Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe Award.
Spider-Man: No Way Home star has worked hard to create a successful career. The actor has gone to great lengths to perfect his role in films.
Jamie Foxx glued his eyelids for the Academy Award-winning role in Ray
There are only a few actors who are greatly passionate about their roles in films, such that they can go to great lengths to attain perfection. They do not mind enduring discomfort or pain in the process, as the authentic portrayal of the role is a priority for them. One among them is the 55-year-old star Jamie Foxx.
As per reports by Thrillist, the ace actor-comedian had to go through a lot for his role in an Oscar-winning film. He had to lose 30 pounds to get the physique of a lean musician on-screen. Those who have done weight training know that losing or gaining this much amount of weight is a difficult task.
However, the actor did something more, which any actor would hardly do. The actor got his eyelids glued for capturing the blindness of great musician Ray Charles. When director Taylor Hackford suggested that he should glue his eyelids during filming, Foxx agreed without hesitation. During filming, he wore prosthetic eyelids modeled from his eyelids. The shoot would often last 14 hours a day, hence his eyes would remain glued for that period.
Jamie Foxx Had To Prove Himself To Ray Charles
Jamie Foxx played the lead role in the biographical musical drama film, which focussed on the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. Foxx knew he had to prove himself in front of the world with his performance, but his biggest challenge was when he had to excel in front of the great musician himself.
Talking to San Francisco Gate, Foxx shared his experience,
“It was like waiting in a doctor’s office. Do I have it, or do I not have it? Ray walks in and says ‘You know what, man, if you can play the blues, baby, you can do anything. Don’t worry about playing me.’ So he gets on one piano, I get on the other, and we start playing the blues back and forth.”
The actor shared that it was not a usual audition, as he had to showcase his musical abilities in front of the musical legend; to get his approval for the biopic.
The film was a critical and commercial success, which grossed $124.7 million worldwide. The film received nominations in six categories at the 77th Academy Awards. Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Ray is available for rent on Apple TV.
Source- The Things