Monday, May 18, 2009

WTF? | Jamie Foxx as Frank Sinatra


Rumor has it that Jamie Foxx may soon be bringing the life and times of Frank Sinatra to the silver screen in, um, living color. A supposedly vaguely important person in the movie industry said Foxx was a prime pick for breathing new life into Old Blue Eyes because he's a great actor that also happens to share important biographical elements with Sinatra: "born on the wrong side of the tracks, rags to riches, makes it big against the odds, has his brushes with authority." Right. Even better, the movie wouldn't have any actual music because no one can get their hands on the rights to his songs.

A few problems. A movie about a musician that doesn't include any actual music is just dumb. Even Diana Ross squeaked out a few notes in her god-awful portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues" (a nasty beginning for the biopic). Secondly, it's time for Jamie Foxx to star in a good movie that does not include the tagline based on a true story. "Ray" was great, "The Soloist" was alright, if a bit long, but remember "Miami Vice"? Then there's the obvious: if you're going to make a movie that claims to at least sort of stick to the truth, wouldn't it help to start with an actor that sort of bears a resemblance to the real thing? Knowing how notoriously racist the music industry was at that time, the directors can't expect either their characters or the audience to honestly turn a blind eye to the fact that Foxx is black. If one wanted to recast a white story in a shade of brown--in the tradition of blaxploitation, but that's a different post--that's fine, but you can't call it Frank.

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Foxx/Sinatra Scuttlebutt on Flavorwire

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree - I think it would be too much of a stretch. Problem is there's very few actors I can think of that would make a good Sinatra. Maybe it's time for Scorcese to start screening no-names.

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