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Jamie Foxx

  1. Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire, 1996.
    Show who the money? “I blew it, man,” Foxx recalled. “Maybe I wasn’t ready. Tom [Cruise] was just too famous, and I was too young.   I was a stand-up and I just fucked it up. I was reading all loud and stuff, and Tom was very quiet.” “As good as Jamie and those other guys were who came in… they were all shadowboxing with this performance that Cuba had already given,” auteur Cameron Crowe told Mike Fleming Jr at Deadline Hollywood’s 20 years later in January 2017. Gooding first read with his future What Dreams May Come co-star Robin Williams and thought he was to be Jerry. But Cruise was occupied and Wlliams was filling in as a favour. “Nobody had the pure intoxicating exuberance of Cuba. He careened into the first reading, like something that dropped out of the sky. He infused every reading with this explosive optimism, the character’s dedication to his marriage and to… fun. He loved pushing Tom Cruise around - he’s actually pushing him out of frame in a couple scenes. Cuba just dared to be comical and yet full of nobility, and we were hungry for that. And he basically played Tidwell from the first moment at that first read-through, through the Oscars.” But it wasn’t all bad for Foxx. “I told great jokes that day... had everybody laughing and stuff, and Tom remembered me.”... for Collateral, 2004.   And Foxx was nominated for a support Oscar for his cab-driver but won instead Best Actor that night, February 27, 2005, for Ray.

  2. Bernie Mac, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, 2003.     First in talks to be the new Bosley after Billy Murray departed in huff. Or a limo.
  3. Richard T Jones, The Wood, 1999.    He ran from Slim when Oliver Stone made him Willie  in Any Given Sunday
  4. Bernie Mac, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. 2002.  Murray was not a happy camper on the first film in 2000. Director McG said the actor attacked him in-set - denied by Murray. But he certainly had a blazing row with co-star Lisa Liu that halted shooting for a day!  Allegedly, Murray told her: “What the hell are you doing here? You can't act!" He refused to reprise Charlie’s right-hand man, Bosley, in the sequel… allowing the character to become, suddenly, black. Inevitably, Foxx and Will Smith were considered - but pricey. Enter: burly Mac. Film flopped, so no 3 or 4. Indeed no more Angels until actress-turned-auteur Elizabeth Banks’ lukewarm 2019 reboot. With Bosley as a woman. Banks, in fact.  Next time, Peter Dinklage?
  5. Eric Dane, Burlesque, 2009.     Considered by New York writer-director Steve Antin for Marcus in - surprise! surprise! - Cher’s first musical.So were Casey Affleck, Patrick Dempsey, Sam Worthington. 
  6. Anthony Mackie, The Gangster Squad,  2012.     Mackie signed while Foxx dithered over the  40s/50s LAPD v Mafia drama, Because... he was Quentin Tarantino’s hamburger  Western, Django Unchained, 2012.
  7. Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher, 2012.     When it came to UK writer Lee Child’s tough cop - a kind of Sherlock homeless - Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Vince Vaughn also had One Shot - original title of the  book… and film. 
  8. Samuel L Jackson, The Hateful Eight, 2014.  Change of bounty-hunter Major Marquis Warren amid definite echoes of Quentin Tarantino’s first Western, Django Unchained - second if you count Reservoir Dogs.  (PoorTim Roth was shot in the stomach in both). Which is why one of the Eight  was going to be a reprised  Dango in White Hell, the first of QT’s plan to pen several book sequels.
  9. Samuel L Jackson, The Legend of Tarzan, 2015.   The disapointing re-boot was delayed, postponed, well nigh cancelledf, then delayed anew…losing Jackson as US Civil War veteran George Washington Williams.   Foxx was making ready to sub when production stalled yet again and the revised schedule clashed with his diary… by which time Jackson was available againto be opposite Tarzan. Whoever played him - Tom Hardy, Charlie Hunnam or the US Olympic swimming champ, Michael Phelps (23 gold medals during 2000-2016).. Or, as it turned out, the Swedish Alexander Skarsgård.
  10. Kevin Hart, The Upside, 2017.   Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and the two Chrises, Rock and Tucker,  were all in  the frame for quadriplegic Bryan Cranston’s helper In a typically hollow-wooden-hash of a gigantic French hit, Untouchables, 2011. The abundantly charismatic Paris star, Omar Sy, won several Hollywood films as a result of his Cesar-winning performance.  Coming nowhere close, Hart simply lacked heart.

 





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