Jamie Foxx has revealed that he had been jockeying for the titular tole in a Spawn movie reboot for the past six years - even to the point of flying to creator Todd McFarlane's home to make his case. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Django Unchained star revealed his dedication to the role and understanding the pathos of the Image Comics character.
"Six years ago, I flew to Phoenix to find this man and throw my hat in the ring. I had done all my research on Spawn. I know everything about the character and what he had done. He was taken aback," Foxx said. "I said, 'Whatever you decide to do, I wanna be first up.' And what I tried to do is stay artistically in shape."
"Of course, there’s the aesthetic sense of what Spawn is, but in the cerebral sense, in [McFarlane's] script, Twitch [to be played by Jeremy Renner] is going through something. He prays to God, nothing happens. Should he pray to the devil?" Foxx continued. "Spawn interjects himself into Twitch’s life and Twitch says, 'Who are you?' I said that I want to stay artistically in shape so I can deliver the line or the feeling: 'I’m both. I’m good and I’m evil. I was blessed by God, but I was raised by the devil.'
"When I explained that to him, those years back, luckily it stayed with him. Even when he was still met with the task of finding who it was, I said, 'I challenge anyone out there not to make it competitive. I challenge anyone who was more ready. More ready to give everything. Because you can’t challenge someone as far as who’s the better actor. Because there’s always better actors, better actresses.' It’s what you bring. Things worked out."
McFarlane had been openly talking about a Spawn reboot since 2007. Foxx's casting was confirmed in May, but actual filming has not been scheduled yet.
"We’re not sure of the start date, but we’ve already started crafting things," Foxx said. "Clay Fontenot, who was the stunt guy in the Iron Man suit, he’s crafting Spawn now. That's the exciting part. When you see it, he’s gonna have his own identity."