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.
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.
Jamie Foxx Found it Difficult to Return to Comedy After Doing a Serious Role in Django Unchained
“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.
Jamie Foxx’s Take on “Dying is Easy Comedy is Hard”
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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter