Like Sally Field, Tom Hanks and the late Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx went from TV stardom on a sitcom to win an Oscar for a dramatic performance. After Foxx's years on the popular In Living Color sketch comedy show in the1990s, he played Jamie King on a sitcom called The Jamie Foxx Show (1996-2001). After In Living Color, he did a couple of goofy movie comedies like Booty Call and The Great White Hype. He also did a very nice sophisticated comedy called The Truth About Cats and Dogs. He did two other movies that really made me take notice of his versatility. In one, he put on a jockstrap and played an NFL superstar.
The other was a most entertaining and sophisticated crime thriller that I reviewed on Lifetime TV. Bait was a 2000 bust at the box office. It deserved a better fate. Foxx plays a petty thief, jailed for stealing shrimp. In jail, he hears about a bigger crime. His cellmate was busted for stealing $40 million in gold and he double-crossed partner. The feds eventually release the petty thief and use him as bait to catch the double-crossed partner. This was basically the kind of script that would go to Robert Downey Jr. It was so cool to see Jamie Foxx do it opposite Kimberly Elise as the love interest. There's humor in the movie and a touch of Hitchcock. It's a fun movie. Before Bait, Jamie Foxx got cheeky in a 1999 movie for Oliver Stone. The football drama was Any Given Sunday. Foxx also got to give his dramatic acting muscles a serious workout in a good role opposite Al Pacino.
Those of us who stayed...saw how the movie really ended! Halfway through the credits, there was one more key scene that made us say "Whoa!" Keep that in mind if you rent the DVD. Don't stop it when the end credits start rolling.
After Oliver Stone's gridiron drama, Jamie Foxx excelled even further playing the late, great Ray Charles. The 2004 biopic, Ray, earned him the Oscar for Best Actor.