Jamie Foxx recently told CinemaBlend that his unreleased directorial effort “All-Star Weekend” remains on hold due to the current state of comedy. The Oscar-winning actor shot the comedy in 2016 with a cast that includes Jeremy Piven, Robert Downey Jr., Benicio del Toro, Gerard Butler and Eva Longoria.
“All-Star Weekend” stars Foxx and Piven as two best friends who win tickets to the annual NBA event. Their characters take a road trip to Los Angeles to attend the All-Star Game, but their trip is disrupted by a handful of goofy characters. Downey Jr. took a page from his “Tropic Thunder” playbook and starred as a Mexican on “All-Star Weekend,” while one of Foxx’s multiple roles was allegedly a white racist cop. The film sat unreleased on the shelf for several years.
“It’s been tough with the lay of the land when it comes to comedy,” Foxx told CinemaBlend when asked when fans might see “All-Star Weekend” release. “We’re trying to open up the sensitive corners where people start laughing again… We hope to make them laugh and get them right into ‘All-Star Weekend’ because we were definitely going there.”
Foxx defended Downey Jr.’s casting as a Mexican man in a 2017 interview with Joe Rogan (via New York Post), saying, “I called Robert, I said, ‘I need that you play a Mexican. I said, ‘Damn, you played the black guy [in ‘Tropic Thunder’] and you killed that shit.’ We have to be able to do characters.
Jeremy Piven appeared on the “Get Some With Gary Owen” in May and said fans would “never see” the movie because “Jamie doesn’t want to release it.”
“It’s one of those things where Foxx is probably the most talented guy I’ve ever known, known, heard of. He’s the funniest guy in the room. He can sing There’s nothing Foxx can’t do,” Piven said. “I had the best time of my life… Foxx is really hard on himself. He’s one of those guys, you know, he wants it to be perfect, so he’s been hanging on to this thing for five years.
Foxx is currently starring in Netflix’s vampire comedy “Day Shift,” which is streaming now.