Not too long ago, it seemed as though his career knew no heights. Jamie Foxx established his comedy credentials in the early 90s with his work on the groundbreaking, star-making TV show In Living Color, showcased his dramatic acting ability with Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday in 1999, and really knocked it out of the park in 2004 with the 1-2 punch of Taylor Hackford's Ray, for which he won an Academy Award, and Michael Mann's Collateral, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
Ray made people sit up and take notice of Foxx's musical capabilities. Since then he's been busy with his music career, selling millions of CDs, and has also been hosting a comedy show on satellite radio. As far as his movie career, though, it's been more problematic. Only a handful have been released in the last five years -- Stealth, Jarhead, Miami Vice, Dreamgirls, The Kingdom -- and, while his performances have been fine, they haven't set the world on fire.
He plays a schizophrenic musician opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in this week's release of Joe Wright's The Soloist, and told the Los Angeles Times he's decided to be more selective: "I've asked my agent to find me beautiful-character movies. That's where we flourish." He only has one other upcoming project set, the thriller Law Abiding Citizen, which is due next year, and the way he's talking, the 41-year-old Foxx sounds like he'd be content to be a dramatic character actor from here on out. Of course, this is the same man who made tasteless jokes about Miley Cyrus on his radio show last week, so maybe this is just a phase.
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