Jamie Foxx is about to be given his biggest acting challenge yet, he just doesn’t realize it yet. Foxx who’s new film Django Unchained will be hitting theaters Christmas Day will be tackling his first heroic role in the comic book realm as he will be playing villain Electro in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Set to begin production early 2013, Surprisingly Foxx has been very open about the Spidey sequel and the changes that comic book villain Electro will be taking to adapt to the film franchise and Foxx. While it is normally discreet for characters in comic related films when it comes to telling what is going on with the film at anytime. Foxx is being quite the opposite and embracing all of the attention revolving around his next role.
Foxx openly describes his character’s origin and connection to the wall-crawler in the sequel with MTV:
“You’ll see his whole life is just no one is talking to him, people have stolen his ideas at the company, he’s a nobody. And at a certain point Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy, you’re my ears and eyes on the street,’ and he says his name, Max, and no one’s ever said Max Dillon’s name, and he goes ‘Wow.’ And so when Spider-Man leaves he sort of thinks that somehow, ‘I am Spider-Man’s partner,’ and so he starts cutting out his face and pasting it on his board at home. When everything goes bad, his mom doesn’t remember his birthday, I mean all these crazy things happen until finally he has something tragic happen, and then when it turns on he lights it up.”
When questioned on the unique approach of his character whom in the comic is a white male but will be adapted to a black male for Foxx’s role, he says to blackfilms.com:
“They want to have it more grounded and not as comic book-y, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happened. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”
Personally, I don’t believe Foxx can sell the character, although he is a very talented well-rounded actor. A comic book super villain just appears out of his elements. However, I could be wrong, we will just have to wait and see in the end. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to hit theaters May 2, 2014.