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Jamie Foxx talks fan bashing, costume choices, and tone for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Dec. 31, 2013by: Niki Stephens

The internet is full of fan backlash. It doesn't matter what the subject is. However, when it comes to comic book films the criticism tends to be more harsh. People judge a character solely based on the actor without seeing the performance. We are all guilty of doing it. I'm guilty as hell but I'm not busting a blood vessel over it. Life goes on. Studios make decisions without us. That's just the way it is. You can't change it if you aren't part of the process, or head of a studio.

When Jamie Foxx spoke with Empire Magazine about THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 the subject of internet criticism was brought into the conversation:

"It used to be people would wait until they saw the film to decide their opinion. Now it's, 'Ben Affleck is Batman?! How [frick]ing dare you!' What's that all about? These blogs don't like anything. Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. They weren't happy - until they saw them. So you have to not give too much to it."

One thing people seem to be okay with thus far is the costume choice for Electro:

"We tried a few different versions of the look. There were some that involved a lot more blue, but this one just looked the best. And it cut the make-up down from four hours to about one-and-a-half, which is good for me. I like this suit. The suit works. It's badass. I could wear this to the clubs."

While Foxx has a heavy background in comedy don't expect to come out laughing:

"I didn't want Electro to be funny at all. There were lines I thought he shouldn't say...this is a man who's angry. He's mad at the gods. He's just using Spider-Man and these people as an excuse to act out and be evil. The voice is from me watching Clint Eastwood and Alec Baldwin. The great whisperers."

Source: Empire MagazineCBM

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5:04AM on 01/05/2014

Jamie is rightLook on IMDB for proof

It's astounding how much bashing goes on pre-release. The funny part is the people who say "i HATE Man of SteelI've seen it THREE times and these are my complaints." Just look at the backlash against Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman when we still have no idea how they're going to portray her. And the bulk of it is anti-semitic, moreso than objective criticism over her appropriateness for the role. I've come to the conclusion that the majority of internet forum backlash are just a bunch of people
It's astounding how much bashing goes on pre-release. The funny part is the people who say "i HATE Man of SteelI've seen it THREE times and these are my complaints." Just look at the backlash against Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman when we still have no idea how they're going to portray her. And the bulk of it is anti-semitic, moreso than objective criticism over her appropriateness for the role. I've come to the conclusion that the majority of internet forum backlash are just a bunch of people disappointed with their own lives- i.e. not making movies in Hollywood for lots of money- so they hate for the sake of hating.
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8:02PM on 01/03/2014
Jamie Foxx is a talented actor, hard to argue whether you like him or not. But like most talented famous actors he's been in some great movies and some bad ones. I think the fan backlash is from the 'hard to avoid' sense that Sony started production on this movie with no other goal other than 'We have to make the next Spider-Man movie as fast as possible, whether we are ready (having a finished screenplay helps) to or not."

So Jamie, it's not you or your acting abilities people are unsure
Jamie Foxx is a talented actor, hard to argue whether you like him or not. But like most talented famous actors he's been in some great movies and some bad ones. I think the fan backlash is from the 'hard to avoid' sense that Sony started production on this movie with no other goal other than 'We have to make the next Spider-Man movie as fast as possible, whether we are ready (having a finished screenplay helps) to or not."

So Jamie, it's not you or your acting abilities people are unsure about, it's the people who cast you without even knowing what the character would look like that worried us.
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10:51AM on 01/02/2014

He does have a point

Comment boards are rarely the place for people to have a reasoned opinion about something. The majority is "OMFG!!! I CANT WAIIIT!!!" or "THIS DIRECTOR/ACTOR IS SHIT, THIS SUCKS THE MOVIE IS RUINED!!!" Sure - everybody has the right to express themselves, but sometimes I wonder if people ever step back and look at their own comment board "body of work" and wonder what it's advertising about them as people.
Comment boards are rarely the place for people to have a reasoned opinion about something. The majority is "OMFG!!! I CANT WAIIIT!!!" or "THIS DIRECTOR/ACTOR IS SHIT, THIS SUCKS THE MOVIE IS RUINED!!!" Sure - everybody has the right to express themselves, but sometimes I wonder if people ever step back and look at their own comment board "body of work" and wonder what it's advertising about them as people.
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3:22PM on 01/01/2014
I really dislike when actor's talk about things they know nothing about. They take broad and general examples to talk about very specific problems. Yes, the internet blew up over Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker...but can you blame them? If you look at the Joker and Ledger's body of work at the time, it didn't seem like good casting. Did he knock it out of the park? Absolutely. But this is the exception to the rule not the rule itself. For every Ledger and Affleck example you want to bring
I really dislike when actor's talk about things they know nothing about. They take broad and general examples to talk about very specific problems. Yes, the internet blew up over Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker...but can you blame them? If you look at the Joker and Ledger's body of work at the time, it didn't seem like good casting. Did he knock it out of the park? Absolutely. But this is the exception to the rule not the rule itself. For every Ledger and Affleck example you want to bring up I can bring up TEN Halle Berry as Catwoman (or Hell, Storm) casting decisions. Fans get upset because we know these characters like the back of our hands and people in Hollywood don't...sometimes they get it right despite this but most times they don't.
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11:25AM on 01/01/2014
I don't think most people are upset over his casting and/or appearance. I just think fans are upset over the fact that Webb decided to make Electro the next villain for the sequel and not someone else.

I don't mind Electro's look because it fits the realm (even though I would have loved to have seen the green and yellow) or the casting of Foxx who has proven himself as a really good actor in his last couple of films.
I don't think most people are upset over his casting and/or appearance. I just think fans are upset over the fact that Webb decided to make Electro the next villain for the sequel and not someone else.

I don't mind Electro's look because it fits the realm (even though I would have loved to have seen the green and yellow) or the casting of Foxx who has proven himself as a really good actor in his last couple of films.
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12:05AM on 01/01/2014
He is full of shit about Christian Bale, because Bale was a fan favorite long before he was ever cast as Batman. In fact, Batman Begins got nothing but love from fanboys before it was released, even the writers at Joblo were shocked at the love it was getting: [link]
He is full of shit about Christian Bale, because Bale was a fan favorite long before he was ever cast as Batman. In fact, Batman Begins got nothing but love from fanboys before it was released, even the writers at Joblo were shocked at the love it was getting: [link]
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9:39PM on 12/31/2013
I'm kinda hoping that what we've seen thus far isn't all there is to Electro. Because, honestly speaking, there's enough to go off on, much more than anything from the Batman vs. Superman camp (as that's coming out more than a year after TASM 2). We haven't seen Ben Affleck in costume or seen a trailer, but we've seen both those things and more of Jamie Foxx. The put-upon nerdy guy who's unloved and unappreciated and suddenly gains superpowers (from falling into a vat of electric eels, no less)
I'm kinda hoping that what we've seen thus far isn't all there is to Electro. Because, honestly speaking, there's enough to go off on, much more than anything from the Batman vs. Superman camp (as that's coming out more than a year after TASM 2). We haven't seen Ben Affleck in costume or seen a trailer, but we've seen both those things and more of Jamie Foxx. The put-upon nerdy guy who's unloved and unappreciated and suddenly gains superpowers (from falling into a vat of electric eels, no less) and turns upon his tormentors - really does not inspire much confidence. I hope Foxx is aware that the criticism isn't totally unwarranted but I still very much want to see what he brings to the part.
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8:52PM on 12/31/2013
Electro playing "Electro" then cut into Simon Pegg and Nick Frost scratching the turntable from Shaun of the Dead.
Electro playing "Electro" then cut into Simon Pegg and Nick Frost scratching the turntable from Shaun of the Dead.
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11:18PM on 12/31/2013
Carmen Electra playing Electro with backup dancing by Edris Elba
Carmen Electra playing Electro with backup dancing by Edris Elba
6:46AM on 01/01/2014
Haha, good one.
Haha, good one.
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