After playing Ray Charles in the popular 2004 biopic Ray, Jamie Foxx’s life underwent a tremendous upheaval. In addition to bringing him an Academy Award for Best Actor, Foxx’s legendary performance catapulted him to a new level of recognition and admiration.
Unbeknownst to consequences, Foxx partied hard and savored his newfound stardom. In fact, things reportedly got so out of hand that Oprah Winfrey personally contacted him to arrange an intervention that included A-listers like Quincy Jones and Sidney Portier from Hollywood. Wanna know what exactly happened? Read more to find out.
Oprah Winfrey contacted Jamie Foxx to set up an intervention at Quincy Jones’ house
Jamie Foxx’s new lifestyle had become so concerning that Oprah Winfrey decided to pick up the phone and call Fox. On the call, Winfrey went straight to the point when she said,
You’re blowing it, Jamie Foxx. All of this galavanting, all this kind of s–t, it’s not what you want to do. So I want to take you somewhere, to make you understand the significance of what you’re doing.”
In the end, Winfrey took the actor and singer to the home of a well-known producer in Hollywood, Quincey Jones. There, Foxx recalled meeting extraordinary black actors from the ‘60s and the ‘70s who wished Ray actor all the best and advised him not to “blow it”.
Jamie Foxx also met Sidney Portier who gave him a “responsibility”
The legendary Sidney Poitier, who in 1963 became the first African-American to win the Best Actor Oscar for his work in Lilies of the Field, was one of the movie icons Winfrey introduced him to at the meeting. According to Foxx, Portier told him,
“I want to give you responsibility. When I saw your performance [in Ray], it made me grow two inches.”
Foxx broke down in that moment and ever since describes it to be “the most significant time” in his life.
For his work in Ray, Foxx went on to win the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. Following Poitier and Denzel Washington, who won the Oscar for Training Day in 2001, Foxx was the third African-American actor to receive the honor.
Source : The Howard Stern Show