A talent as rare as finding a needle in the haystack, Jamie Foxx is one of the most underrated talents, who has been consistently showcasing his range as an actor. He has numerous strong performances, and he can easily navigate himself in different genres of movies from comedy to high-intensity drama. Hence, his résumé is full of smash-hit films of all shapes and sizes which has bewitched the audiences.
The last few years of Jamie Foxx have been magnificent as he has played some iconic roles in some of the biggest movies ever created. And one of his iconic roles was Django in Django Unchained, the film was iconic and gripping, full of big names, and it earned 5 Academy Awards. While the film was immensely successful, Foxx took a pay cut to be a part of the movie, and even after that, he demanded an astronomical salary which Quentin Tarantino agreed to give the actor.
Jamie Foxx Secured A Mammoth Sum For Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is a top-notch film that offers its audience, comedy, drama, entertainment, and a serious message. A number of Western films have tried to ignore the horror of slavery by ignoring the topic or going around it. But Tarantino’s 2012 film does not shy away from the thought-provoking subject, revealing the struggles of enslaved people, and the torture they faced. Hence, the film earned $449.8 million worldwide, with additional sales in DVD worth $65.4 million and earning Academy Awards nominations for several categories.
Jamie Foxx played the role of Django in the 2012 film, and many fans are curious about how much the actor in the film earned. The actor wanted to work with the acclaimed filmmaker and he decided to take a pay cut to work for Tarantino. But even after the pay cut, he demanded $10 million, which is an astronomical fee, that the director agreed to pay to the actor.
Jamie Foxx went overboard to impress Tom Cruise
Foxx is an outstanding actor, and his talent was praised when he won the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor for the movie Ray. However, he was embarrassed by the director when he was trying too hard to impress Tom Cruise in Collateral. In the movie, Jamie Foxx played the role of a cab driver named Max, who found himself entangled with Vincent, a hitman played by Tom Cruise.
During an interview with Yahoo, the Miami Vice actor expressed his gratitude to work alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He stated how Michael Mann, the director of the film shamed him for doing his “thing” to impress Tom Cruise.
“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 stated that Mann offered him valuable advice that has helped him to develop as an actor. Filmmakers have different ideologies, and Mann believed that an actor must be authentic, hence he tells his cast not to exhibit typical “actor” behavior and be true to the role.
“That was a moment of learning. He was telling me, in other words, to shed whatever I’d obtained up to that point. Celebrity, this and that — you gotta shed it, in order for you to get to it. Otherwise, you’re in trouble. I learned that and, even today, use that as a tool, or a discipline, to get to the characters.”
Mann’s advice was simple yet immensely important. As a result, Foxx was praised by the fans and critics because his portrayal was outstanding and as the film progressed he showcased a wide range of emotions, elevating the tension in the movie.
Django Unchained can be rented on Apple TV.