The new “Django Unchained” film by Quentin Tarantino is getting a lot of buzz in award circles, but the lead role is being played by Jamie Foxx…and according to Oliver Stone, he can’t act!
At least that’s what he once thought of the comedian gone actor whose career was steeped in Television before working with Stone on “Any Given Sunday.” Audiences across America first became enamored with Jamie Foxx when he hit the national stage on the skit comedy show “In Living Color”.
But Foxx admits to Oprah during their upcoming two-part interview on OWN December 16 and 23, he had to really work hard to get that gig and keep it:
“Oliver Stone… when he met me he said, ‘You stink, you’re terrible. You can’t act at all,” says Jamie. “And I was like, ‘What?’ It was because I came from TV. And everything was loud in TV… And as I walked out of [Stone’s] office from my first audition, he wrote — and made me hear what he was saying– ‘Jamie Foxx: Slave to television.’ He said, ‘I want to give you the lead part but we’ve got to work on you, because you stink.’ ”
An Oscar later, Stone has to change his tune. It appears Jamie dug in and channeled all of the acting abilities he needed to carry off, not only Any Given Sunday, but many others as well. Looks like that experience went a long way.
Check out the sneak peek of his interview with Oprah.