Springs native, bestselling author and lifestyle guru Tim Ferriss interviews Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy-winning singer Jamie Foxx on the newest episode of his wildly popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show.
“He is, without a doubt, the most consummate performer and entertainer I have ever met,” Ferriss says of Foxx on his fourhourworkweek.com blog, adding, “In the 2.5 hours we spent together in his home studio, he blew my mind.”
In the 2.5-hour episode, recorded in the studio at Foxx’s Ventura, CA home, Ferriss and Foxx discuss pretty much everything a fan could want to hear, such as Foxx’s childhood, his being adopted, “racial misunderstanding,” his early days in Hollywood, the influence of his remarkable grandmother, his music and movie careers, his time on In Living Color and what he learned, his parenting choices and so much more. Among the highlights, Foxx describes how his grandmother stood up for homosexuals in a conservative Texas church, he recounts how he used $400 to throw a party for Puff Daddy in L.A. that rivaled a $1 million party the rapper threw in New York, he shares memories of Kanye West, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams before they were famous, and talks about his relationship with Mike Tyson and his upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed Tyson biopic. He also demonstrates some seriously impressive skill at killing flies.
Foxx plays live music and does multiple impressions throughout the interview—including Quincy Jones, Sheeran, Ray Charles, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Cosby, Doc Rivers, Kermit the Frog, Sammy Davis, Jr., LeBron James, Bill Clinton, Tamara Rawitt, Shawn Wayans, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, Norman Lear and, of course Tyson—and he shares his methods for capturing a person’s essence so deftly.
It’s well worth the listen. And it’s a good bet anyone who isn’t a Jamie Foxx fan will become one before the 2.5 hours are up.
Ferriss, who recently visited the Hamptons for Thanksgiving, has recorded some 125 episodes of his The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, with episodes featuring such notables as B.J. Novack and Rainn Wilson from The Office, Kevin Costner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rick Rubin, Andrew Zimmern, Jon Favreau, Tony Robbins, Laird Hamilton, Kevin Rose and many others.
Check out The Tim Ferriss Show on iTunes or at fourhourworkweek.com.