Jamie Foxx on being first African American lead in a Pixar film

Jamie Foxx on being first African American lead in a Pixar film 1

Los Angeles, July 16 (IANS) Actor Jamie Foxx didnt know that he is the first-ever African American lead in a Pixar film, and finds it “crazy”.

Foxx has voiced the protagonist in an animated film “Soul”, which has been postponed amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

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Asked about creating history with the casting, Foxx said: “You know what was crazy? It is.”

“You know what was crazy? I didn’t know that,” ew.com quoted Foxx as saying.

Co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, the film will take viewers on the journey of Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher (voiced by Foxx) and how he is about to find his true calling. Having lost his passion for music, Joe seeks the help of a soul named 22 to find his way back and, in the process, learn a lot about himself on a journey of discovery, introspection and self-realisation.

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“It talks about the value of getting a second chance,” said the actor.

Talking about his daughter’s reaction on doing the animated film, he said: “She was like, ‘Dad, you finally made it. You’re in a Pixar film!'”

Asked about his animated alter ego, he said: “Oh, man! That’s kind of me, in a sense; the pot belly and the skinny legs. My daughter was like, ‘They got you’.”

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Disney has postponed the theatrical release of “Soul”. The film was originally scheduled to release on June 19 and is now slated to open on November 20.

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