Jamie Foxx on Why He Wanted To Play SPAWN and What Makes The Character So Unique
Jamie Foxx has been interested in taking on the role of Spawn for years and now he's officially set to take on the role in director Todd McFarlane's film. McFarlane has talked a lot about what he is looking to do with the character in the new movie, but now Foxx is sharing his vision of how he sees the character.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies UK, the actor reveals why he wanted to play Spawn and what it is that makes the character so different and unique. He says:
"Six years ago, I flew to Phoenix and just walked in on [Spawn creator] Todd McFarlane and said, 'I want to tell you that you’re a badass and if you ever decide to do the movie, I want to throw my hat in the ring.' And I had something that I wrote up. He was like, 'What?!"
There's no doubt that McFarlane was floored by Foxx doing that and I imagine that it was Foxx that kept pushing him over the years to finish that damn script which he was working on forever. Foxx went on to talk about what makes Spawn so interesting:
"I was like, 'Man, I don’t think you understand.' Spawn is one of the most interesting characters. Because he’s blessed by God but he’s raised by the Devil, in a sense. I said, 'If you can convey that — that the superhero is blessed by God but raised by the Devil — that’s something we haven’t seen in a while. And it doesn’t take a lot of money to get it off.'"
It seems like that was the direction that McFarlane ended up taking the movie in. With the casting of Foxx as Spawn and Jeremy Renner as Twitch, McFarlane has said that he wanted to surround himself with the most talented and the most skilled people on all fronts that he can learn from and collaborate with. When talking about Foxx, Mcfarlane previously said:
"He's got a lot of thoughts on what he wants to do and how to do it. He's also very kind to go, 'At the end of the day, Todd, it's still your movie.' It's like I'm gonna be picking his brain as much as possible, and whoever else I get on the set. Not only just the actors, but also the editors and my cinematographer and everybody. Look, I'm gonna be arguably the most naïve, dumb guy on the set every day. So, as somebody who's been a CEO for decades now, the way to sort of make things work is just surround yourself with good people and give them ownership and give them input into the project. I mean, somebody, at the end of the day, has to make the final call. That's my position."
Are you excited to see what McFarlane, Foxx, and Renner are going to bring to this new Spawn movie?