I saw Ray last night, and from the moment he appeared in the film Jamie Foxx was Ray Charles.
I have never seen a movie about a real person where the actor played the part so realistically that I felt I was actually watching the real personk.
I thought Val Kilmer did such a job when he played Jim Morrison in The Doors.
He looked like him, and sang like him. I forgot I was watching Kilmer in short order.
I agree with you about jamie Foxx. He’s come a long way since the days of playing ugly Wanda on “In Living Color”.
It was amazing how he just blended into being Ray Charles.
One of the biggest gripes i had with the movie “Ali” was that it just seemed so unnatural. It was clearly Will Smith trying (not very successfully) to be Ali.
Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman was “I keep forgetting I’m looking at Carrey”-level realistic, to me.
Kurt Russell in This is Elvis.
It almost worked completely and then the director threw in that dream sequence where Ray’s sunglasses are off and not for a moment in that scene did I think it wasn’t Foxx… the sunglasses were half the acting unfortunately. Nonetheless he still had one of the better performances of the year and deserves the Oscar. The movie, on the other hand, should have been cut down to two hours (or less) and the blatant historical inaccuracy about Georgia “banning” him is nothing short of infuriating.
Howard Stern in Private Parts.