Had a little chat with Marcus King, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx's manager, on Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton and King said that his long-time client put both of his feet, a hand and an elbow into "The Soloist."
Foxx plays Nathaniel Ayers, a classically-trained violinist-turned-homeless schizophrenic from L.A.'s Skid Row with dreams of playing the Walt Disney Concert Hall in this biopic that will be released in November. The film was adapted from the book of the same name written by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.
"You think he brought it in 'Ray?' Wait until you see this," King said.
Foxx was unavailable for comment on Wednesday but I did speak with him about the role last year while he was still shooting it. The multi-talented entertainer who is an accomplished pianist, learned to play violin for the role.
"I've got it down," he said. "This is a really, really powerful story and I just can't wait for people to see it. We've got some great people involved and I'm really excited about it."
The film also stars: Robert Downey Jr., LisaGay Hamilton, Catherine Keener.
Foxx was at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday to introduce his new MTV reality show, "From Gs to Gents" to the nation's television critics. The show stars Fonzworth Bentley as a mentor trying to transform the lives, attitudes and attire of 14 young men from varying backgrounds. The show begins airing July 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Foxx is the executive producer and will make sporadic appearances on the show.