Actor Jamie Foxx says that it was Tom Cruise’s influence that helped put him on the path to becoming a big Hollywood star.
Jamie met Tom when he tried out for a role in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. The part ended up going to Cuba Gooding Jr. and won Cuba an Oscar.
Cruise was clearly impressed by Foxx, because eight years later when they were casting for the film ‘Collateral’ Tom put Jamie’s name down for the part; a role that earned Foxx critical acclaim that included Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta nominations.
This all helped to create a buzz for ‘Ray’ that was released shortly after. Foxx says that he owes everything to Cruise, he said;
“I don’t see him for years and then Collateral came up and everyone was searching for this person to be next to Tom Cruise. He remembered this personality test that I did and we ended up working together. And in actuality, he changed the projection of my career because he allowed Collateral to come out first, and then let Ray Charles come out, so there would be heat (interest) for Ray Charles. ‘Cause if Ray Charles had come out before Collateral, I wouldn’t have had that look (buzz), so I always take my hat off (to Cruise).”