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Jamie Foxx: 'Oliver Stone told me I couldn't act'

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Jamie Foxx has revealed that his acting ability was once insulted by director Oliver Stone.

The Django Unchained star recently taped an Oprah's Next Chapter interview, revealing that his early television success led to an uncomfortable meeting with Stone for the 1999 film Any Given Sunday.

U.S. actors Leonardo DiCaprio, left, Kerry Washington, center, and Jamie Foxx, pose for photos promoting their upcoming film,"Django Unchained" at the Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition photo call in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday April 15, 2012.

© PA Images / Alexandre Meneghini/AP

Oliver Stone attending a photocall for new film Savages at the Mandarin Hotel, London.
Picture date: Wednesday September 19, 2012.

© PA Images / Ian West/PA Wire



"Oliver Stone... when he met me he said, 'You stink, you're terrible. You can't act at all'," Foxx recalled.

The actor added of Stone's reaction: "I was like, 'What?' It was because I came from TV. And everything was loud in TV... And as I walked out of [Stone's] office from my first audition, he wrote - and made me hear what he was saying - 'Jamie Foxx: Slave to television.'

"He said, 'I want to give you the lead part, but we've got to work on you, because you stink'."

Any Given Sunday (1999)


[Jamie Foxx and Al Pacino in a scene from 'Any Given Sunday']

Foxx did ultimately land the lead role as football star 'Steamin' Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday, earning praise for his performance from the press.

He also went on to win an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray.

Oprah's Next Chapter airs its interview with Foxx on Sunday (December 16) at 9/8c on OWN.

Watch a trailer for Any Given Sunday below:

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