Jamie Foxx revealed that a big-time Hollywood director once told the actor that he was “horrible” and yelled for him to “get the f**ck out” of an audition.
Foxx sat down with Shia LaBeouf, Robert DeNiro, Adam Sandler, Adam Driver, and Tom Hanks for The Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor roundtable interview where he recalled having a salty interaction with director Oliver Stone during his audition for “Any Given Sunday.”
“I remember Oliver Stone, when I first auditioned [for Any Given Sunday], he was like, ‘You’re horrible.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘Just get the f**k out of here.’ As I’m walking out he said, ‘Jamie Foxx, slave to television,’” Jamie continued, “But I learned from that toughness.”
Foxx ended up getting the lead role in that movie but he never forgot the way he was treated. However, Jamie said that he would not change a thing when it comes to his past.
“If I gave myself any advice, I would have gone left instead of right, then I probably wouldn’t have ended up in this situation. I wanted to be married and work at Kodak — and all that sort of fell through. So, boom! I said, ‘I’m on my way and I’ll figure it out.’ You’ve got to live it and then look back and say, ‘OK.’ Anything could have set [me] in a different direction and I wouldn’t be sitting here, and I wouldn’t change sitting here for the world.”
Shia spoke up and recalled another negative experience with the famed director when he was working on the movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
“He would never look me in the eyes. He always looked just above my eye, to the eyelid,” LaBeouf remembered.
Stone has won countless awards for his work including two Academy Awards for Best Director for his work on “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” He also won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Midnight Express.” Obviously, Oliver knows what he is doing so it is hard to question his methods.
The 51-year-old is starring as a man wrongfully imprisoned in “Just Mercy” and he has hit the town to generate extra Oscar buzz before the academy sits down to vote on the year’s best. All of the actors that joined him for the roundtable interview are doing the same thing.
Foxx won the coveted Best Actor award in 2005 for his performance in “Ray” and he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work on “Collateral.”
The movie, “Just Mercy” is expected to make a run at all the award shows despite it not being released until later this month.
Jamie’s personal life has been the topic of countless discussions since he broke up with Katie Holmes. He has been frequently seen with comedian, Natalie Friedman and caused quite the stir when he was pictured with Kate Beckinsale. Rumors started to swirl that there may be a romance between the two but Beckinsale put a stop to them real quick.
“Lads night at #hfpa party with @therealadewale @iamjamiefoxx and @jsauluck. I would like to point out that standing next to someone does not mean I am dating them. Currently in line at the dry cleaners and if that’s true I’ve got a hell of a problem,” Kate wrote in the caption of her post.