Jamie Foxx Captivates Audiences as Little John
by Krista Leard
Jamie Foxx,(left) stands next to Taron Egerton on the set of Robin Hood. Courtesy Photo
Coming this November, Jamie Foxx captivates audiences in his newest film, starring as the renowned character Little John, sidekick to Taron Egerton’s role as Robin Hood.
Summit Entertainment presents this new action-adventure film, Robin Hood, making its way to theaters towards the Thanksgiving holiday.
The world can give thanks to the Upper East Side of Texas for producing one of the lead role actors. Eric Marlon Bishop — who later changed his name to Jamie Foxx — was born December 13, 1967, and raised in Terrell, Texas. When his birth parents could not take care of him, his grandparents stepped in, adopting him at just seven months old. He says he had a very rigid upbringing that placed him in the Boy Scouts and the church choir. During high school, he played quarterback for the football team and got noticed by Dallas newspapers.
He discovered he had a passion for comedy and music, and one of his first on-stage performances was a stand-up comedy act. In the early 1990s he was cast on TV shows Roc and In Living Color.
The actor, dubbed as one of the “Hottest Bachelors” in Hollywood, became more famously known as one of the first African-American actors to be nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year, as well as only the second male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations for two separate films in the same year.
Some of his best movies included Ray, Django Unchained, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Annie.
Foxx has claimed that his upbringing allowed him to really connect to characters that face hardships such as racism, divorce, and other childhood tragedies.
Besides his Robin Hood appearance this year, Foxx as usual has a number of other projects going on including several movies in the works. He also cohosts the TV game show Beat Shazam, along with his daughter Corrine as DJ, where contestants race to identify songs by sound in hopes of winning up to $1 million.