Back in 2016, Jamie Foxx directed the comedy All-Star Weekend, which he directed for the first time in a feature film and also played a leading role. He gathered numerous stars at his side: Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Benicio Del Toro, Eva Longoria and Snoop Dogg, with whom he can currently be seen on Netflix in “Day Shift”, stood in front of the camera for him. Yet so far “All-Star Weekend” has not been published – and it could probably stay that way.
In the past, Entourage star Jeremy Piven, also in the film, has claimed that Foxx doesn’t want to release the comedy, so we’ll never see it. But the star himself now indicated other reasons. To mark the Netflix release of Day Shift, he gave the magazine CinemaBlend an interview and stated that that it’s a difficult time when it comes to comedy. There are “sensitive corners in which people have to laugh again, which one is actually trying to break open with comedy”.
He is probably alluding to that many elements of All-Star Weekend are politically incorrect. Foxx and Jeremy Piven play two tow truck drivers who are obsessed with basketball. When they win tickets to the NBA All-Star Game, they drop everything. But on their way they meet a mysterious and dangerous woman (Eva Longoria) who embroils them in an adventure that could end fatally.
It has already been announced that Jamie Foxx has played several different roles in the comedy. In addition to his main role as basketball fan Malik, he also embodied a white, racist police officer. “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. meanwhile played a Mexican – so-called brownfacing included.
For Foxx, the project was actually intended as a return to his roots. Many today do not know that Foxx became known as a pure comedian. His time on the cult sketch comedy show “In Living Color” is legendary by the Wayans brothers, which also made Jim Carrey famous. There, Foxx has already played a wide variety of characters in sometimes absurd costumes, wildly charging, with nasty, often politically incorrect jokes.
When Foxx started taking on more serious roles, he was laughed at at first. Hardly anyone believed the “clown” capable of it. After an exclamation mark with Oliver Stone’s “Every Damned Sunday”, he silenced all skeptics with “Collateral” and above all his performance in “Ray”, which even won an Oscar. After that, Foxx was suddenly seen primarily as a character actor and his comedic past was often completely forgotten.
Recently he has shown his talent for action more and more often. In “Dayshift‘ on Netflix, he is currently combining all these facets of his career. With well-trained muscles, he lets it rip in the action scenes staged by stunt legend JJ Perry in his directorial debut, is allowed to prove his comic side again and again and also has a few dramatic passages.
You can currently stream the vampire actioner on Netflix, On the other hand, we may never see “All-Star Weekend”, although Foxx still has hope that this will change at some point and you find someone who wants to get their comedy out. According to his own statement, “Day Shift” makes him more optimistic because a lot of people laugh at the vampire actioner’s humor. It’s about keeping those people laughing until you can steer them into All-Star Weekend.