Actors’ Spotlight #49: Jamie Foxx

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Eric Morlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), known professionally by his stage name Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral.

Other prominent acting roles include Staff Sergeant Sykes in Jarhead (2005), Detective Ricardo Tubbs in the 2006 film adaptation of TV series Miami Vice, the title role in the film Django Unchained (2012), and the supervillain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Foxx also starred in the 1990-1994 sketch comedy show In Living Color and his own television show from 1996 to 2001, the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, in which he played Jamie King, Jr. Foxx also starred in the 2014 film Annie, in which he played Will Stacks.

Foxx is also a Grammy Award-winning musician, producing four albums which have charted in the top ten of the US Billboard 200: Unpredictable (2005), which topped the chart, Intuition (2008), Best Night of My Life (2010), and Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (2015).

Jamie Foxx is one of those great actors who had one of the best transitions from stand up comedian to great dramatic actor and even a pretty good musician, he’s had that great ability to cross different genres and generations to become one of the most entertaining personalities in Hollywood today.

But even a great personality like Foxx has had his fair share of misfires in his acting career, so let’s look at some of them, shall we?

5. Valentine’s Day

An all-star mess that wastes the talents of Foxx among many other actors and director Garry Marshall with lackluster jokes, a cliché riddled story, and stupid characters.

4. Stealth

Oh, Rob Cohen…can you please stop pretending you’re still 26 years old when you’re actually well into your 60s, I swear to god, every movie Cohen has made since 2000 has been nothing but a schmaltzy teen movie and this movie is no exception right down to having the main villain act like some fucking emo hipster teenager. It’s that bad, folks.

3. Due Date

A lot of the jokes fall flat and some are just stupid and pointless, like the scene where they go to the Mexican border. However, I remember getting 3 good chuckles from the film and one huge laugh being the scene from the trailer where they are driving with Jamie Foxx and they hit the two drainage ditches and Galifianakis goes jumping in the air. On top of that, the movie steals jokes from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Meet The Parents, and even Along Came Polly. You’re really trying my patience when you are stealing jokes from Along came Polly and an unfunny one at best. Bottom line, Due Date is mostly a disappointing film and I really expect better from Phillips and Galifianakis since they both worked well with The Hangover.

2. White House Down

Another shitty Roland Emmerich movie wasting the talents of Foxx and Channing Tatum, it says something when Olympus Has Fallen was the better Die Hard In The White House movie than this was.

and the #1 worst Jamie Foxx movie is…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is nothing but a parody of Marvel movies, they do absolutely nothing here except copy not just how Disney’s Marvel movies are made but they keep cramming in elements of the Batman movies too. This is nothing but a damn joke and is highly up there as one of the worst Marvel movies of all time.

Those people out there who got pissy about Avengers: Age Of Ultron because of too much stuff, go watch Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I dare you to tell me that this isn’t more of a clusterfuck of a movie than it is.

It’s a mess of a movie and thank god, the last movie we’ll look at came out just three weeks later to do the right that Amazing Spider-Man 2 did so, so wrong. It’s a friggin’ mess.

Those are the worst, now what about the best?

5. The Kingdom

A pretty solid action war movie with Foxx co-starring alongside Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper & Jason Bateman and directed by Peter Berg.

4. Dreamgirls

A really solid musical with Foxx working really well alongside Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson, and Eddie Murphy.

3. Jarhead

A really solid war movie with Foxx alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and, again, Chris Cooper.

2. Collateral

Foxx stars alongside a very menacing Tom Cruise, this is really one of the best Michael Mann movies ever, both Cruise & Foxx are fantastic in this, the action and the tension are great, the characters are very well written, and the cinematography is great.

and the #1 best Jamie Foxx movie is…

Ray

2004 was the year of Jamie Foxx, prior to the year being known for mostly his comedic work, this was the year where he broke out big time as a dramatic actor and his highlight was portraying Ray Charles in this biopic, he channels Ray Charles so well, there are points where you really wonder if that’s actually Ray himself.

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