Each year The Hollywood Reporter hosts The Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor roundtable interview and every year some real shit comes out.
This year Jamie Fox sat down with fellow actors Shia LaBeouf, Robert DeNiro, Adam Sandler, Adam Driver, and Tom Hanks and the men chatted it up with the rest of us listening in.
Jamie recalled having a salty interaction with director Oliver Stone during his audition for “Any Given Sunday.”
“I remember Oliver Stone, when I first auditioned [for Any Given Sunday], he was like, ‘You’re horrible.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘Just get the f**k out of here.’ As I’m walking out he said, ‘Jamie Foxx, slave to television,’” Jamie continued, “But I learned from that toughness.”
Foxx ended up getting the lead role in that movie but he never forgot the way he was treated. However, Jamie said that he would not change a thing when it comes to his past.
“If I gave myself any advice, I would have gone left instead of right, then I probably wouldn’t have ended up in this situation. I wanted to be married and work at Kodak — and all that sort of fell through. So, boom! I said, ‘I’m on my way and I’ll figure it out.’ You’ve got to live it and then look back and say, ‘OK.’ Anything could have set [me] in a different direction and I wouldn’t be sitting here, and I wouldn’t change sitting here for the world.”
Shia spoke up and recalled another negative experience with the famed director when he was working on the movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
“He would never look me in the eyes. He always looked just above my eye, to the eyelid,” LaBeouf remembered.
Always heard he was a weird dude, Oliver Stone. So I’m not too shocked. Still interesting to hear!