The multi-talented Jamie Foxx makes a return to the big screen today in the crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen. The Oscar-winning actor, who is dad to 15-year-old daughter Corrine, recently talked to Parade magazine about music and movies… and Jon & Kate Plus 8.
On taking his daughter’s music advice: “I’m just going to stay current. It’s like all my R&B cohorts are out of jobs right now. Nobody wants to hear R&B. It’s sad. If you want to be on the radio you got to stay young. My daughter always goes, ‘Dad you sound old. You sound 50. Why don’t you have a machine on your voice? They’re not going to like that. You gotta sound young.’ Then when she heard me sing Blame It, she went, ‘That’s it. That’s real music.’”
On celebrity… and Jon & Kate: “It’s hard to be a celebrity nowadays. It’s not about your track record anymore. If you have a great movie, you’re good. If not, people are ready to write you off. I think the only ones who are really winning are people like Will Smith. People go, ‘Oh, it’s Will Smith. I’ve got to see him, whatever he’s in.’ It’s tough because the lines have been blurred. I was watching that reality show with Jon and Kate. They’re huge, and I don’t even know what they’re huge for. They somehow crossed over because they’re just as popular as Brad Pitt.”
On what he thinks about Roman Polanski: “If it had been my daughter who was barely a teenager – my daughter is 15 – Roman Polanski would be missing… period. It wouldn’t even get to the court case. But, that’s me and I wouldn’t want anyone else to follow that because you should let the justice system work it out. On the other hand, I don’t know Roman Polanski, but maybe if I had a relationship with him my answer would be different. I just think this whole issue is bigger than Roman Polanski.”