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Jamie Foxx, “Ray” (2004)
The lengths that Jamie Foxx endured to prepare for the role of Ray Charles are commensurate with Hoffman’s notorious extremes on the set of “Marathon Man.” How did Wanda from “In Living Colour” transition into the persona of one of R&B’s imporant musicians? By shrouding his eyes in prosthetics that blinded him for 14 hours a day, practicing on the piano until the wee hours of the morning with Berklee alum Curt Sobel, and training under the demanding tutelage of Charles himself. Jamie Foxx had reportedly been doing impressions of Ray Charles for years before being cast in Taylor Hackford’s film, but in “Ray” he nailed every facet of Charles’s gait, cadence, and electrifying stage presence.