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“Man, why Django being funny like that?”: Jamie Foxx Found It Difficult To Switch Back Into Comedy After Working With Leonardo DiCaprio in $426M Film

Jamie Foxx Found It Difficult To Switch Back Into Comedy After Working With Leonardo DiCaprio in $426M Film

Jamie Foxx is one of the most talented actors of our time. With a career spanning over three decades as a comedian, actor, musician, and producer — he is the master of all trades.

Let’s not forget those epic performances by Foxx that have left a lasting impression on audiences, making him a real deal in the Hollywood industry.

Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx

The actor gained his first career breakthrough from a sketch comedy show, In Living Color.

No doubt, Foxx has a very natural, funny style. His impersonations are spot-on, and the jokes he comes up with are just like creative/crazy works of art. But even though he is a comedy champ, he himself asserted that switching back to funny mode after being a part of serious roles is tough.

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Jamie Foxx Found it Difficult to Return to Comedy After Doing a Serious Role in Django Unchained

Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained
Jamie Foxx | Django Unchained

Jamie Foxx is one of the greatest comedians, indeed. But his heart skips a beat when he sees other comedians blow. He said in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter:

“The toughest thing being a comedian is watching other comedians blow.”

The star played the titular slave turned bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained. And after playing that role, he found it difficult to return to being funny. He went on to say:


“The tough part was getting back to being funny because the young folks they see me like you just do using Django. Now I am just doing man, why Django being funny like that?”

It’s like Foxx got stuck in serious mode. He spilled the beans on the roundtable discussion on SundanceTV as part of the cable channel’s original nonfiction series, Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter. The actor roundtable featured other actors too, including — Tom Hanks, Adam Driver, Robert DeNiro, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Shia LaBeouf.

Also read: “Hollywood is not like that”: Despite an Oscar-Winning Veteran Career, Jamie Foxx Was Taken Aback By Quentin Tarantino’s Behavior on ‘Django Unchained’ Set

Jamie Foxx’s Take on “Dying is Easy Comedy is Hard”

Jamie Foxx in Ray
Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx thinks comedy is natural and comes from a good sense of humor, which can’t be forced. He remembered an incident something related to this in the same conversation with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed:

“I was watching [Sandler] when I was 18 years old, sneaking into The Comedy Store, watching him go up when it was like titans — it was Chris Rock, it was Eddie [Murphy] working out shit. I remember Eddie had on this yellow, fuckin’ Century 21 jacket. (Laughter.) And somebody said, “Yo, what’s up with that jacket?” And then Eddie, he said, “Oh, whatever, I’ll crush you with my wallet?” And then everybody started laughing.”

The 55-year-old also gave a second ingredient for comedy. He said that people look at you as pure comedy gold when you’re a comedian. But it becomes difficult once you reach that top comedic level because then everyone starts expecting the world from you.

The Burial star also emphasized the fact that comedians “can never look good.” If he starts “looking too good,” he’s “not as funny.”

Watch Jamie Foxx’s intense role in Django Unchained which is available on Prime Video.

Also read: “I couldn’t see a thing for 12 or 14 hrs a day”: After “Jail Sentence” Like Torture For Oscar Winning Role, Jamie Foxx Became Compassionate For Visually Impaired People

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Written by Shreya Jha

Shreya is an Entertainment News Writer at Fandomwire. She has over a year of experience in journalistic writing with a deep knowledge of entertainment world. After completing her bachelor's program in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shreya is now pursuing her master's degree in the same. Apart from being an avid reader, she's a huge K-culture buff.