Oscar-winning actor and Terrell native Jamie Foxx hasn't forgotten his hometown roots.
In his latest movie, Universal Picture's “The 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 “… to Omaha …, to The Terrell Tribune ….” Fleury then asks, “Have 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 “funny reference [in the movie] to your hometown. Where did that come from?”
Foxx replied, “It'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 “Ray.”
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 “Ray” and is a two-time Grammy nominee.