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Jamie Foxx hails Netflix as haven for artists

By David Villafranca

Los Angeles, Aug 10 (efe-epa).- A pair of African-Americans in the lead roles, a story set in New Orleans and dashes of black pride.

“Project Power,” scheduled for release by Netflix on Friday, offers viewers an adrenaline-filled thrill ride from start to finish. But actor Jamie Foxx said in an interview with Efe that the most important aspect of the film is that online streaming giant’s commitment to supporting diverse creative projects.

“Netflix is a place for artists, a place that you can go and really flex your muscle and they protect you,” the 52-year-old said.

“It’s great to be in this space,” Foxx, winner of the 2004 best-actor Oscar for his work in “Ray,” said of films like “Project Power” that showcase African-American acting talent as opposed to relegating it to its traditional secondary plane.

Foxx plays the central figure in that American superhero thriller, a movie co-directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and also starring Dominque Fishback, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rodrigo Santoro.

What would you do if a pill granted you super-human powers for exactly five minutes?

That question is at the heart of “Project Power,” which depicts the quest of an undercover police officer (Foxx) to find his missing daughter and track down the people behind the mysterious drug.

The movie features many of the classic elements of a thriller: secret experiments, non-stop chases and shootouts, sinister criminals, shady government agencies, family drama, thirst for revenge and doses of humor to ease the tension.

“He’s an undercover cop going through some things,” Foxx said of his character, Art. “He’s trying to find out who’s pushing (the drug).”

“So his journey takes him into New Orleans … he runs into (Fishback’s) character, who is (a teenage drug dealer named) Robin … and they form this sort of incredible out-of-nowhere team. And now both of their journeys are sort of paralleling each other, where she’s teaching him things about life and vice-versa,” Foxx said.

An actor who has shown his versatility in roles that include a meticulous cab driver in “Collateral” (2004) and a freed slave in “Django Unchained” (2012), Foxx now appears focused on passing the baton to a new generation of African-American actors.

“People like Dominique is gonna change it. We gonna hitch our entertainment wagon to her and she’s gonna be leading us through this incredible time. I can’t wait to watch her do all different things,” he said.

“What I love about Dominque is that she say ‘hey I’m black, I’m beautiful. But I’m also universal in the way that I see the world.'”

Prior to signing on to “Project Power,” the 29-year-old Fishback had already participated in two David Simon series: “Show Me a Hero” (2015) and “The Deuce.”

A key element of “Project Power” is the father-daughter-like chemistry between Foxx’s character and hers.

“I was fortunate enough to see Jamie with his young daughter. He would bring her to the set, and we got to do like Halloween and stuff like that together. And he’s talking about, bigging-up his daughter,” she recalled.

“So it’s not hard to fall into wanting a dad like Jamie. That wasn’t a hard thing. That was easy. I look up to him so much so it just came naturally,” Fishback told Efe.

Foxx added that he believes that films with diverse casts will not be anything noteworthy in the future.

“I want it to be where it becomes commonplace. Like when you eat pizza, you don’t say ‘I’m eating pizza from Italy.’ You just eat the pizza. That’s what I want our experiences to be when it comes to art,” he said.

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