Barack Obama’s inauguration was clearly an important day for many people – including Jamie Foxx.
The actor-musician-comedian says it was during the president’s inauguration festivities when he asked fellow Oscar-winners Ron Howard and Forest Whitaker to join him for his latest music video, “Blame It.” Not only has the song become a No. 1 R&B smash, the video – which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, T-Pain and Quincy Jones – has created plenty of buzz.
Things are going so well for Foxx musically that he plans to take a break from movies to concentrate on his singing career. In a phone interview from Philadelphia – where the 41-year-old entertainer is wrapping up “Law Abiding Citizen” with Gerard Butler – Foxx talked about the music video, touring and doing comedy again.
Question: The “Blame It” video may have the biggest cameos in music video history. How’d you get the guys involved?
Answer: “I was actually at the inauguration and there was so much great energy, and there was Ron Howard, and I sat next to his mom. I actually sang for her at the inauguration, just singing, and she started to tear up and we just bonded and the whole family just bonded … so I was telling Mr. Howard, ‘Listen, how about you do a music video?’ He’s like, ‘What?’ (I said), ‘Do this music video. I got a song coming out, I think it’s going to be the song of the year and if you do it man, I would appreciate it.’ And he said, ‘I’ll give you my number and call me.’ I said I’m going to ask Forest Whitaker and let him know that you’re in, so I walked over and asked Forest and I asked Samuel and Samuel was like, ‘What! Want me to do what?’ And I was like, ‘Man it would be something fun.’ And then I called Jake Gyllenhaal who’s my friend, I said, ‘Man, please come down, Ron Howard’s going to be here.’ He said, ‘Listen Jamie, you don’t have to lie to me, I’ll come down. You know I don’t come out and do things but I’ll do it for you.’ ”
Q.: So I guess Barack Obama deserves some credit for you guys coming together.
A.: Yeah, but I don’t want to put that on him. He got enough to deal with.”
Q.: Since your CD, “Intuition, is doing so well, will you tour this year?
A.: “After I finish this movie (in April) I want to go on tour for the rest of the year. There may be a movie in the works, but right now I think I really have to take advantage of the position that we’re in with the music. Clive Davis called and said this is the biggest song he’s had at J Records with the way that’s it moving (and) it’s early. So we’re going to take advantage of it, we’re going to go overseas … and (I’ll) be that musician that I’ve always wanted to be.”
Q.: Maybe you could jump on the tour of labelmate Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke.
A.: “We might try something a little different. Because that’s the chill (tour), we’re trying keep it rowdy. I might jump on something with Ne-Yo and get a little more pep in it.”
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