During a recent online chat with MSN Live, actor Jamie Foxx sat down with the fans to talk about his upcoming action flick, Stealth, which hits theaters July 29th.
The film starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, and Jamie Foxx is an epic action thriller about a squadron of elite pilots who embark on a mission of global consequence to neutralize an out-of-control prototype drone fighter plane equipped with artificial intelligence and the ability to precipitate a nuclear war.
Below is a transcription of the chat.
Welcome to MSN Live! Today we are pleased to welcome actor and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx who stars in the upcoming film Stealth. Jamie is joining us today from Miami where he is chilling on the beach. Jamie, welcome to MSN Live!
Jamie Foxx: What's cracking?!
Jamie what things in life inspired you to follow an acting career and did you ever imagine that you were going to win an Oscar?
Never thought I would win an Oscar. But I guess I wasn't dreaming big enough. Now I dream differently. (laughs)
I was a TV kid, you know? All the old shows. Flip Wilson, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jr. and so that is where I got my inspiration from. (sings a little Tom Jones "It's so Unusual.")
What is it like working on the set of Stealth?
Jamie Foxx: It was exciting to work with Rob Cohen because he had so much knowledge of movies that were action packed. It was as if he would process the acting to go along with the technology of movie making and he was a party animal! And I like that. (laughs)
Why did you take the role in Stealth?
Jamie Foxx: The opportunity to work with Rob Cohen and Jessica Biel is not bad to look at.
You had some fun toys in the movie. What was your favorite?
Jamie Foxx: The Gimble which was the apparatus you used as a simulator. Once you look at it on screen it really looked like we were flying.
Did you have to train for the role?
Jamie Foxx: A little bit. We trained on an Air Force Base getting to know the planes and the cockpit so it really looked like we knew what we were doing. The only thing missing was actually flying the aircraft.
Did you want the fly the craft?
Jamie Foxx: I'm scared of heights. (laughs) I would have loved to fly but it takes so much craft and skill in order to fly something like that. I have however flown a twin engine plane before.
So if we were in a plane with you and the pilot couldn't fly, would we be safe in your hands?
Jamie Foxx: Until we had to land. Now we could fly around for three or four days but we couldn't land. Basically flying is like taking your car going 100 miles an hour and pulling back the steering wheel and going into the air. The landing is trickier. (laughs)
Although not critically received, I thought Booty Call was hilarious. Are there any comedies in the future?
Jamie Foxx: Yes, there are. Myself and Will Smith are getting together to do a classic called "Uptown Saturday Night" which featured Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.
Have you started shooting yet?
Jamie Foxx: No, not until 2006.
What is your favorite type of acting to play?
Jamie Foxx: A role that has meat on its bones meaning where you can see the whole character, how he lives, how he loves, how he hates.
What was the best part of playing Ray?
Jamie Foxx: The music was eternal. It was eternal. You couldn't get enough. You wanted to get stuck in a loop. You could keep playing his music.
Where did you shoot Stealth? How long did it take?
Jamie Foxx: We shot in Australia and it took 3-4 months.
Is there one scene in this film you are especially proud of?
Jamie Foxx: My dancing scene when I dance. Cuz Stealth made me feel like dancing!
Jamie, I just wanted to say you did a wonderful Job as Ray and I admire your acting. You have inspired me to give acting a try and go for my dreams. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Jamie Foxx: Oh, Gentle Dog. Thank you and good luck. I hope it all works out.
Jamie, did you ever think this acting thing wasn't going to work out?
Jamie Foxx: Yes, because I thought I was going to be doing music. I never thought that acting would be my thing but I hope I can do this for a very long time.
His films always have a certain look and feel, how was the experience of working with Michael Mann on Collateral?
Jamie Foxx: It was an incredible, intense, happily draining experience. We would work long hours but the payoff was supreme because I got a chance to work with two greats-- Michael Mann and Tom Cruise.
Do you keep in touch with actors after you work on a film together?
Jamie Foxx: Certain actors, I stay in touch with Will and Jada and Tom. I stay in touch with Gabrielle Union. I stay in touch with Salma Hayek.
Is there one actor you want to work with but haven't yet?
Jamie Foxx: I think it was after the Oscars everybody that I saw after the Oscars I would love to have a chance to work with. I figure it will take about twenty years to do that. That means I can probably stay employed. But Denzel would be at the top of the list.
What projects are you working on now? How many do you typically have going at one time?
Jamie Foxx: Right now we are working on Miami Vice. So we're doing it to Miami and also working on an album. I just finished something with Kanye West.
What kind of album? When can we expect it?
Jamie Foxx: R&B/ hip-hop. It's coming soon.
We ask every guest this question: What is your idea of an ideal day?
Jamie Foxx: Ideal day is with friends, great location, great food, great drinks, great times. And a girl with a big old booty! (laughs) Just kidding.
Jamie Foxx: Thank you for all the great questions! Go see that movie! Go see Stealth opening later this month!