By: Alex Marcheschi
Django Unchained has been on TNT this week, and I’ve watched it twice. It just might be my favorite movie ever, I maintain that the last third of the movie is the best piece of film I’ve ever seen. The way Jamie Foxx, Cristoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington immersed themselves into their characters was stunning. I’ve seen the movie at least 10 times and I’m still on the edge of my seat until the very end. Every scene at Candy Land was perfectly written and acted, and Jamie Foxx is at the heart of it all. The ending scene is my favorite scene from the film, it provides my favorite quote from the movie – “the ‘D’ is silent, hillbilly”, and the dialogue between Foxx and Jackson is simply legendary. ***massive spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t seen the film***
Just this week Foxx went viral for his opera style rendition of Rihanna’s hit song “Bitch Better Have My Money” on The Tonight Show:
That was a little corny, but his opera voice was pretty damn amazing. I happened to see this after watching Django and it really made me think, is anyone more talented than this guy?
I can’t think of another actor who would have even been capable of playing Django, and he played Ray Charles so well in the 2004 movie Ray that at times you forgot it wasn’t actually Ray Charles. He even played the piano and sang the vocals for every scene in Ray, it’s pretty mind blowing when you really think about it.
He sang the vocals (in his Ray Charles voice) on Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and the song dominated the airwaves and stayed atop the Billboard charts for 39 weeks shortly after Ray was released.
He’s been in so many good movies that you forget about some of the great roles he played. There’s his comedic role as Motherfucker Jones in Horrible Bosses…
His prosecutor role in Law Abiding Citizen (a criminally underrated movie), Electro in The Amazing Spider Man 2, Staff Sgt. Sykes in Jarhead, Nathaniel Ayers in The Soloist, he made an appearance on Chappelle’s Show as Black Tony Blair, had his own show that ran for five years, and his most iconic role of them all may very well be Willie Beamen from Any Given Sunday ***spoiler alert***:
And that’s not even close to everything he’s done, if I listed everything in this blog it would go on for eternity. More often than not, his characters turn into icons, just this past season Russell Westbrook paid homage to Beamen with a pregame outfit:
I can’t think of another man alive who can attest to being an A list actor, singer, rapper, musician and comedian. Although Foxx is respected in the entertainment industry, it still feels like he gets slept on a little too hard. There are few people who garner my attention every time they create something, and Jamie Foxx is one of those people. He’s a treasure.
He’s currently working on a few projects: he’s writing a TV-movie called White Famous about a black comedian’s rise to success, directing a basketball movie called All Star Weekend, and he’s playing Little John in a remake of Robin Hood that is currently filming. Odds are all three of those projects will be great. Jamie Foxx is the most talented man in show business, even though he puts all of his energy into everything he does, he somehow gets slept on harder than any entertainer alive. It’s time to acknowledge his greatness. Stay woke to the legend he’s creating.