Jamie Foxx is the resident bad-ass in new heist film, Baby Driver
After Sleepless, Jamie Foxx returns to the big screen as Bats, a bank robber in Baby Driver, the new heist film by Edgar Wright. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Iliza Gonzalez and Ansel Elgort, it sees Elgort in the main role as a young getaway driver who listens to music to drown out a hearing impairment. The 49-year-old Foxx undoubtedly had more than just theatrical contributions to the film — as a musician himself, he was a fine fit to this musical of sorts. Here are 3 ways Foxx contributed to Baby Driver:
1. The inspiration for his character came from a guy named JC
No, not of the NSYNC fame, but from the movie Any Given Sunday (1999). When Foxx would joke around on set in his first ever dramatic role, he would get intimidated and stop before making a joke out of JC. The actor has shared in a previous interview that the character Bats was derived a lot from JC.
2. He kept everyone in a good mood on set
According to fellow actor Lily James, Foxx came onto set with a boom box. "He'd play in between setups when usually it's boring and the energy drops," she gushed. "He would play music and keep the whole energy not only of the cast but the crew up and it was so brilliant."
3. He played music matchmaker
Knowing that co-star Elgort is also a musician (by his moniker DJ Ansolo), Foxx introduced the young actor to Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. The bassist stars in the film as a thief called Eddie. Foxx broke the ice and spent a night in the studio with Flea and Elgort, where they listened to DJ Ansolo's records.
Baby Driver is showing in cinemas from 20 July. Here's last week's #ManCrushMonday.