Jamie Foxx's Entire Career Led Him To This Role In "Just Mercy"

>> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY, WE'RE BACK HERE WITH OUR FRIENDJAMIE FOXX.

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU FIRSTSTARTED TO PERFORM? >> MAN.

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I MEAN– LITERALLY, RIGHT– AS SOON AS I CAME OUT I WAS, LIKE, READY.

( LAUGHTER )>> Stephen: WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS THINK WHEN YOU DECIDED, “, I'M GOING TO DO THIS PROFESSIONALLY?”DID YOUR PARENTS SUPPORT THAT.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE FUNNY, PEOPLE WHO CAN SING, BUT TO MAKE THAT YOUR LIFE, THAT'S A RISKYTHING TO DO >> I DID.

WHEN I STARTED THE THIRD GRADE, MRS.

REED–” SEE SHE SAID, “YOU'RE GOING TO GET INTOTROUBLE.

” SHE SAID, YDON'T I GIVE YOU TIMEAT THE END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY AND YOU CAN TELL JOKES TO THEKIDS.

” I WOULD TELL JOKES.

AND I WOULD TELL JOKES FROM THEJOHNNY CARSON SHOW.

YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THE ONLY TV IN MY HOUSEWAS IN MY ROOM, AND MY PARENTS WOULD WATCH THE “JOHNNY CARSON”SHOW.

AND I WOULD TELL THOSE JOKES TOTHE KIDS AND THEY THOUGHT I WAS AMAZINGI WAS DOING IMPERSONATIONS.

AND WHEN I FINALLY GOT TO– TO, LIKE, L.

A.

, I WOULD DO DIFFERENT TYPES OF IMPERSONATING.

I WAS THE ONLY BLACK GUY DOINGRONALD REAGAN.

>> Stephen: DO YOU STILL HAVEA REAGAN? ( LAUGHTER )>> YES, I DO.

“WELL, WELL, WELL, AS A MATTEROF FACT, THERE YOU GO AGAIN.

” THAT'S ALL( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: THE GIPPER.

THE GIPPER>> YEAH, YEAH.

AND SO– SO WHEN I GOT TO L.

A.

, I STARTED BURNING UP EVERYTHING.

I I WAS KILLING ITS CLUBSAND ALL MY IMPERSONATION WAS MY GO-TO.

MIKE TYSON “HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER, MIKE TYSON.

” ONE PARTICULAR NIGHT, I WENT TOMY MIKE TYSON JOKE, RIGHT, AND NOBODY LAUGHED.

YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE MIKE WAS IN THEAUDIENCE.

( LAUGHTER )AND THIS WAS WHEN MIKE WAS KNOCKING PEOPLE OUT FOR JUSTSMILING.

ONE DUDE IN THE BACK SAID, “YO, MIKE IS IN HERE!” AND I SAID, “OH, SNAP.

” AND A GIRL IN THE FRONT SAID, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO, JAMIE? YOU SCARED? YOU SCARED?”AND THE DUDE YELLED OUT, “MIKE SAID DO THE JOKE ( BLEEP ).

BUT IT BETTER BE FUNNYOF THE SO EVERYBODY LOOKING AT MIKE, AND THEN THEY ALL LOOK ATME.

AND I DID MY THING.

“MIKE TYSON, HEAVYWEIGHT BOXINGCHAMPION”– WHATEVER IT WAS.

I DID SOME TYPE OF JOKE OF HIMGOING THROUGH THE DRIVE-THROUGH AT THE KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN–NO, I WENT THROUGH THE DRIVE-THROUGH AND HE WAS THEJOYCE VOICE.

” “HELLO, WELCOME TO KENTUCKYFRIED CHICKEN.

MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER?” ( LAUGHTER ) >> Stephen: AND? >> SO– SO AFTER IT WAS OVER, EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING, A STADGED OVATION, AND I WASWORRIED.

AND MIKE RUNS UP TO ME.

AND HE GOES, “THERE HE IS! COME ON, YOU ( BLEEP ).

” AND I STARTED HANGING OUT WITHMIKE TYSON >> Stephen: WOW>> WHICH WAS CRAZY BECAUSE HE WAS SO RICH AND SO FAMOUS AT THETIME.

WE WOULD BE IN CLUBS– WE'D GOTO A CLUB, AND MIKE WOULD SEE A GIRL AND SAY, “HEY, YOU HOW YOUDOING? YOU LIKE B.

M.

W.

s.

” AND THE GIRL WOULD SAY, “YEAH.

“AND HE'D SAY, LET'S GO, AND GO TO A B.

M.

W.

DEALERSHIP AND BUY AB.

M.

W.

AND THE NEXT DAY KNOCK ON THEDOOR AND GET THE B.

M.

W.

BACK >> Stephen: THOSE ARE GOODFRIENDS.

THOSE ARE GOOD FRIENDS>> THOSE ARE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS.

BHI FINALLY GOT ON– WHEN IFINALLY, LIKE, AUDITIONED FOR A SHOW, IT WAS CALLED “THE ROCKSHOW.

” AND I GET ON THE SHOW AND –>> Stephen: WAS IT A SIT-COM? >> IT WAS A SIT-COM.

IT WAS CALLED “ROCK.

” AND I GET ON THE SHOW BECAUSE ATNIGHT ROBBIE REED DISCOVERED ME THAT NIGHT, OF MIKE TYSON.

I GET ON THE SHOW, AND I'M ONTHE PILOT >> Stephen: SURE>> FOR SOME REASON EYE KNOW THE REASON BUT I CAN'T TELL YOU–FOR SOME REASON I GOT FIRED >> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHY YOUGOT FIRED >> I KNOW WHY I GOT FIRED>> Stephen: THAT'S FORTUNATE KNOW THAT>> IT WILL BE IN THE BOOK.

I GOT FIRED BUT LEAST I DID THEPILOT.

I TELL EVERYBODY BACK IN TEXASTHAT, YOU KNOW, I MADE IT.

BUT THEY CUT ME OUT OF THE PILOTPILOT.

SO WHEN THE PILOT AIRED I WASN'TIN IT, AND MY GRANDMOTHER AND EVERYBODY THOUGHT, THAT BOY ISOUT THERE LYING, ON DRUGS, OR SOMETHING.

” BUT THAT WAS– THAT WAS THAT.

AND THEN, A SHOW BY THE NAME OF”IN LIVING COLOR.

” ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )♪ YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIVING COLOR ♪THAT SHOW HAD 100 PEOPLE COME AUDITION, DOWN TO 50, DOWN TO25, DOWN TO 10, TO DOWN TO FIVE.

I WAS PART OF THAT FIVE.

I WENT ON STAGE TO DO MY FINALAUDITION, AND IN THE AUDIENCE IS– IS THE JUGGERNAUTS, JIMCARREY, ALL OF THE WINS– IT WAS 30, 000 OF THOSE.

AND I GET A STANDING OVATION, AND THE REST WAS HISTORY.

>> Stephen: WOW, WOW ( APPLAUSE ) WELL, YOU HAVE– YOU HAVE ABEAUTIFUL NEW MOVIE– ARE YOU DRINKING WITH BOTH HANDS LIKEDONALD TRUMP? ( LAUGHTER )YOU OKAY, MAN? YOU ALL RIGHT? >> IT JUST MAKES YOU FEEL WARMWHEN I DO THAT.

>> Stephen: YES, YES.

YOU HAVE– YOU HAVE A NEW MOVIECALLED “JUST MERCY.

” >> YES>> Stephen: AND IT TOO– IT FOLLOWS A MAN NAMED BRYANSTEVENSON, WHO I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO INTERVIEW AT THE OLDSHOW IN 2013.

AND HE IS A MAN WHO BELIEVES INCRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND GETTING JUSTICE FOR THEINNOCENT.

TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT THE STORYOF THE MOVIE IS AND WHO YOUR CHARACTER IS, WHAT THERELATIONSHIP IS BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU>> FIRST OF ALL, I GET A CALL FROM MICHAEL B.

JORDAN, WHO IHAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS.

AND WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MICHAEL B.

JORDAN IS THAT HE KEEPS THISNARRATIVE ALIVE, EVEN THOUGH HE'S THE BIGGEST STAR ON THEPLANET.

HE DID “FRUITVILLE STATION” THATPLAY-THROUGH FOR OUR CULTURE.

AND DID “KILL MONGER” AND “BLACKPANTHERMENT NOW HERE IS “JUST MERCY” ABOUTBRYAN STEVENSON, WHO SAY YOUNG LAWYER WHO GOES DOWN TO ALABAMAAND FINDS OUT THERE ARE PEOPLE ON DEATH ROW WHO HAVE BEENUNJUST.

THEY'VE BEEN FRAMED OR JUSTCOMPLETELY LIED ON.

AND ONE PARTICULAR PERSON ISWALTER McMILLIAN, WHICH IS IN HIS BOOK “JUST MERCY.

” I PLAY WALTER McMILLIAN, WHOIS JUST, YOU KNOW, A REGULAR MAN.

HAS A TREE CHOPPING BUSINESS, PULPING BUSINESS, DRIVING HOME ONE DAY ON A COUNTRY ROADTHE POLICE PULL HIM OVER AND SAID, “YOU KILLED SOMEONE” IN ACITY HE HAD NEVER BEEN IN, A PERSON HE NEVER HEARD OF.

THEY TAKE AND PUT HIM IN JAIL.

HE WAS IN JAIL FOR SIX YEARSWITHOUT A TRIAL.

IT'S A VERY POWERFUL, POWERFULFILM.

AND SO, IT TELLS THE JOURNEY OFBRYAN STEVENSON MEETING WALTER McMILLIAN, AND WALTER TELLINGHIM, “YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

DOWN HERE, IN THE SOUTH”–BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE WAS FROM THE CITY PARTS.

HE SAYS, “IT'S GOING TO BETOUGH.

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN GETTHIS DONE?” AND HE TAKES ON THE CASE, AND ITIS THE FIRST CASE IN ALABAMA THAT WAS OVERTURNED, AND IT'S–LIKE I SAID, IT'S AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL STORY.

AND I HOPE EVERYONE GOES –>> Stephen: WE HAVE A CLIP RIGHT HERE.

AND I BELIEVE THIS IS WHERE YOURCHARACTER IS SAYING TO BRYAN STEVENSON, “WHAT MAKES YOU THINKYOU CAN DO THIS?” JIM>> YOU RICH BOYS FROM HARVARD, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS DOWNHERE.

YOU'RE GUILTY FROM THE MOMENTYOU'RE BORN.

YOU GROW UP WITH THESE WHITEFOLKS AND YOU TRY TO MAKE THEM LAUGH AND MAKE THEM LIKE YOU, AND “YES, SIR, “YES, MA'AM.

” THEY HAVE NO FINGERPRINT.

AND NONE OF THAT MATTERS WHENALL YOU THINK IS I LOOK LIKE A MAN.

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WHO COULD KILL SOMEBODY.

>> THAT'S NOT WHAT I THINK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: EXTRAORDINARY MOVIE.

WE HAVE TO TAKE ONE MORE BREAK.

DON'T GO ANYWHERE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MOREMR.

JAMIE FOXX, EVERYBODY.

STICK AROUND.

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