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Jamie Foxx Turned Down ‘Dreamgirls’ Until He Found out Eddie Murphy Was Starring in the Film


Eddie Murphy played a huge part in Jamie Foxx doing the 2006 picture Dreamgirls. Foxx initially wasn’t that committed until learning one of his idols would be a part of the picture.

How Jamie Foxx ended up in ‘Dreamgirls’

Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy | Mark Davis/WireImage

Foxx ended up adding even more star-power to the already star-studded Dreamgirls. The movie cast already huge names like Murphy, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Hudson for the project. But when the critically acclaimed feature was first brought to Foxx, he confided that he wasn’t too receptive to the role.

Foxx was asking for a particular salary to appear in Dreamgirls, but his asking price was so high that negotiations broke down. It wasn’t until Foxx found out who he’d be working with that he decided his salary wouldn’t matter.

“The first time, it was just me in the movie – no Eddie Murphy, no Beyoncé. Then I hear Eddie’s doing it, and I’m like: ‘Hey, pay me a dollar.’ I hear Beyoncé’s doing it: ‘Pay me a quarter.’ I just wanted to be part of that,” Foxx once said according to Irish Examiner. “At the end of the day, who cares, man? It’s Eddie Murphy. He’s my hero.”

Foxx also believed that the quality of the movie would’ve been worth more than any paycheck the film could’ve afforded him.

“If Dreamgirls works out as I think it will, it will be the greatest thing in the world, a real event. Maybe you won’t get $15m, maybe you get $3m , maybe $2m…you are getting more than a paycheck,” Foxx added.

Jamie Foxx felt he had to be mean to Eddie Murphy and Beyoncé in ‘Dreamgirls’

There was some concern that Foxx’s character might’ve been a bit too unlikable in Dreamgirls. The comedian played Curtis Taylor Jr. In the flick, Foxx’s character was the owner of a record label trying to push Beyoncé and Hudson to mainstream success. But Curtis could be a very cruel personality, which even the film’s director, Bill Condon, worried might hurt Foxx’s image.

“Bill Condon even asked me, do you think Curtis is too mean? Should we make him likeable? And I said, if you do that, now you’re going away from what the character really is, and I think Curtis is the sacrificed bunt for the rest of the characters. I’ll sacrifice the Jamie Foxx hottness for a minute, because if you don’t play characters like Curtis unforgiving, then the struggle of Jamie Foxx, and the struggle of Beyoncé and Eddie Murphy, you soften it,” Foxx once said according to Black Film.

Foxx even took his role a step further, and acted like Curtis behind the scenes to his castmates. Foxx believed this would’ve made their interaction come across more authentically to audiences.

“When I tell you, I was terrible! But I knew that if I came at [Beyonc] tough, that it would create this sort of thing that she would be able to- because …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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