Comic Con 2012: Jamie Foxx on Django Unchained

Comparing Quentin Tarantino to Mozart, writing a song for the soundtrack (sort of) and why Django Unchained could change his career.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel


Jamie Foxx is the latest Oscar winner to come to San Diego Comic Con, but not a s a comic book superhero. The highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino western Django Unchained previewed some footage to fans in Hall H and Foxx did some roundtable interviews with the press in San Diego. We were able to ask several questions to the actor and musician in our table. He stars in the movie as a slave turned bounty hunter.


Do you see a musical quality to the way Quentin writes dialogue and the way you speak it?

Jamie Foxx: Quentin Tarantino is a hip hop artist, I told him. I said, “You’re hip hop and hip hop is like this.” They asked me, we keep seeing surprises and we keep seeing a clip here. I said that’s because Quentin is hip hop. A hip hop artist will drop a single, leak something over here, drop something over there because he knows it’s hot. What he does is, he’s on the spot with the way he does things. The way his dialogue is, it is musical. Basically, he’s riffing, but he’s riffing as a genius would, like Mozart.


Could you possibly do a song for the soundtrack?

Yes, sir. I wouldn’t do it but I already wrote, I ran into Rick Ross. So anyway, I run into Rick Ross and I know that John Legend had sent a track to Quentin Tarantino that’s amazing, and he sent it to Quentin on a cassette tape because he knows Quentin doesn’t like technology. Then I ran into Rick Ross. I said, “Rick, you should come by the set because I know Quentin doesn’t do original stuff, but it wouldn’t hurt for you to come and just feel it because Django is hip hop. This is a different thing.” So Rick Ross shows up, huge fan of Quentin and I said, “Rick, if you’re going to write a song, I think you should say these words: I need 100 black coffins for 100 bad men, dig 100 black graves so I can lay they ass in. 100 black coffins.” So that would be my contribution. Now what he does with it, I don't know, but if he does what I think it’s gonna be it’ll be great.


You were really able to reinvent yourself as a dramatic actor. Is Django Unchained another reinvention for you?

All I can say is thank you to Quentin Tarantino. I told him if he gets married, I’ll sing at the wedding. I’ll DJ his bedroom if I need to. “What’ch y’all wanna hear?” It really does come down to in this business moments like this that change your career. Now I don't know what I would do if I wasn’t in this movie, but this movie is I think one of the ones that may change the trajectory of where I was going, so just thanks to him.