'Ray' Opens in the U.K.
21st January 2005
'Ray', the film about the life of the great jazz musician, Ray Charles, opened in cinemas accross the U.K. today.
Having already grossed nearly $74 million at the U.S. box office, the film was well received by the critics, and is tipped for Oscar nominations.
I play the part of Oberon, M.C. at The Rocking Chair Jazz Club in Seattle. My character has a vital role in the story being the one who puts Ray in touch with Jack Lauderdale, president of Swing Time Records. Oberon is a fictional character, based on two 'short' M.C.s working in Jazz Clubs during the period.
I had a terrific time shooting the film in New Orleans, and came away with a real appreciation for the music of Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx was truly mesmerising to watch as he literally 'became' Ray during filming. We played a nice scene together outside The Rocking Chair Club, sharing a cigarette and our thoughts about life, as the rain fell.
I consider myself very fortunate to have been part of such a great piece of cinema, and to have worked with Jamie Foxx and director, Taylor Hackford.