10 minutes with Jamie Foxx

Sentinel Staff Writer

You've seen him cry in front of the world while accepting an Oscar.

You've seen him climb to the top of the Billboard charts with hispopular hip-hop singles, including his current hit "Blame It."

You've seen him dominate the TV screen with In Living Color.

The one thing you may never see Jamie Foxx do is rest.

"You make the time (to do it all)," said Foxx in a 10-minuteconversation with the Sentinel on Tuesday morning. "We wanted to goout on tour, do 50-something cities. When you get a chance tosleep, you take it."

Foxx, who is also in the middle of shooting for the upcoming,star-clad movie Valentine's Day, took time to answer a few morequestions before his Sunday night appearance at Amway Arena:

Q: How does this tour say "Jamie Foxx?"

"We have songs now. We've got songs from the first album,"Unpredictable," we've got "Blame It," we've got some sing-a-longsnow. And, in our transitions, we bring (comedic impersonations of)

Ray Charles out or the President will show up. We've got all ofthat going on and people leave going, "Wow, we got it all." As webuilt this show, we didn't want people to miss a thing.

Q: You've been so busy with movies and music, where has comedy fit into all of this?

We've got a radio show, "Foxxhole," on satellite radio, so we keepthe comedy going there. When you are listening to my show, it'slike an old Richard Pryor album, you have to sneak down to thebasement so your parents don't hear. We don't want to lose theessence of what we started out doing. We want to stay in tune withwhat people want to laugh at.

Q: Your latest album has a lot of collaboration from big-time musicians. Have your friendships helped your music?

First, you have to be respectful of the artists. I always had anagreement, if the songs are not hot, they don't have to do it. Thatis regardless of friendship. I don't want someone on somethingbecause of friendship. Especially if it is whack. They'd look at meand say, "You embarrassed me there, friend." I want them to want tobe a part of the record.

Q: It looks like you have a few movies lined up, how is that going?

I've got Law Abiding Citizen with Gerard Butler coming out inOctober and we are working on Valentine's Day with Gary Marshall.Its got Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, a whole host of talented people.

We've also got a Sheneneh-Wanda movie coming out. Q: Really? How did that come about?

When Martin Lawrence and I were at the BET awards, we were filminga spoof where Sheneneh (Lawrence's spoof character in 1990s sitcomMartin) and Wanda (one of Foxx's characters on In Living Color)were robbing banks. Before we released it, we looked at it and saidthat we needed to do the whole movie. It's hilarious. We'll startshooting at the beginning of 2010 and it'll probably be out by theend of 2010. (If you want to see a trailer,

Q: Any past experiences with Florida that have left a lasting memory?

Coming from Texas, the Gateway to the South, many people think thatFlorida is just Miami. But there is a lot of southern hospitalityin Florida. The food, the people, I've loved coming to Florida foryears.

Q: You've gone from serious roles like Ray and The Soloist to doing your comedy, how do you transform yourself like that?

It's all preparation. You have to sync into that role. The Soloistwas very, very tough. It was a tougher subject matter. Then, youhave Wanda and Sheneneh and I'll have 8 to 10 other comedians onset, coming up with jokes and making things fun. That's what youdo, you take the time out to do right by the role, whether it isdramatic or comedic.

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