Oscar-winning actor and Terrell native Jamie Foxx hasn't forgotten his hometown roots.

In his latest movie, Universal Picture's &#8220The Kingdom,” Foxx's character, whip-smart FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury, is threatening to leak a story to the press, but not just any press. Fleury tells a foreign ambassador that he won't give the story to just the big metros, but &#8220… to Omaha …, to The Terrell Tribune ….” Fleury then asks, &#8220Have you ever been to Terrell, Texas?”

During a recent press day gathering for the movie in Los Angeles, a film commentator asked Foxx about a &#8220funny reference [in the movie] to your hometown. Where did that come from?”

Foxx replied, &#8220It's good to tip your head. Living in Terrell at one point seemed so like being on an island. It was 12,000 people; railroad tracks separated the north and south sides. It's good to let them in on what's going on because your hometown always wants to know, ‘Did you forget about us?' ”

Foxx, who went by the name Eric Bishop growing up in Terrell, started out as a comedian and went through years of gradually escalating notoriety before winning a Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his portrayal of Ray Charles in &#8220Ray.”

The former Terrell Tiger quarterback also won an American Music Award in 2006, taking home the hardware for Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist.

He also won Best Actor nods from the Screen Actor's Guild, the Golden Globes and people's Choice awards for &#8220Ray” and is a two-time Grammy nominee.

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