Jamie Foxx 'doesn't want' to release film where Robert Downey Jr. plays a Mexican man

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Jamie Foxx 'doesn't want' to release film where Robert Downey Jr. plays a Mexican man

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Jamie Foxx has admitted it will be tough to successfully release the movie he directed which features Robert Downey Jr. in the role of a Mexican man.

Not unlike Warner Bros' Batgirl, Foxx had completed filming on his comedy All-Star Weekend and apparently even saw it through post-production, but despite the film being basically ready for release, fans are yet to get their hands on it.

All-Star Weekend features a number of famous faces including Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Piven, Benicio del Toro, Gerard Butler Eva Longoria and Foxx, who starred in the film in a number of roles as well as directing.

A number of Foxx's fans have called for the release of the film since its completion, but in an interview with CinemaBlend the director implied it's still sitting on the shelf due to criticism and controversy surrounding some forms of comedy.

He explained: "It’s been tough with the lay of the land when it comes to comedy. We’re trying to break open the sensitive corners where people go back to laughing again… We hope to keep them laughing and run them right into All-Star Weekend because we were definitely going for it.”

The film sees Foxx pair up with Piven as two best friends who win tickets to the annual NBA event, prompting them to head off on a road trip to Los Angeles. Things don't quite go to plan, though, and their journey ends up introducing them to a number of wacky characters, including Downey Jr.'s Mexican character.

Though an actual Mexican actor would have been less controversial, Foxx defended casting Downey Jr. in the role in a 2017 interview with Joe Rogan, recalling how he called the Iron Man star and said: "I need you to play a Mexican."

"I said, ‘Sh*t, you played the Black dude [in ‘Tropic Thunder’] and you killed that sh*t.’ We got to be able to do characters," he added.

Foxx both directed and starred in All-Star Weekend. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
Foxx both directed and starred in All-Star Weekend. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

While Foxx appeared to remain hopeful that the film will eventually light of day, Piven previously said in an interview fans would 'never see' All-Star Weekend because Foxx 'doesn't want to release it'.

He explained: “It’s one of those things where Foxx is probably the most talented guy I’ve ever been around, known, heard of. He’s the funniest guy in the room. He can sing. There’s nothing Foxx can’t do. I had the time of my life… Foxx is really hard on himself. He’s one of these dudes, you know, he wants it to be perfect, so he’s been holding onto this thing for five years.”

Only time will tell whether fans will ever get to see All-Star Weekend, but the mystery around the film will no doubt ensure it doesn't get forgotten.

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Topics: Film & TV, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr, Film and TV, Entertainment

Emily Brown
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