Jamie Foxx Talks Aging In Music, Lands Villain Role in ‘Spider Man’ Sequel

Jamie Foxx is not worried about promoting an album at the moment, but the triple threat (and some) entertainer is concerned about aging and remaining relevant.
Speaking of the music industry and the fact that it’s “tricky” to be an artist today, Foxx says “Music is changing” and you have to get with it or expect to be left out.
“One thing I’ve learned: You have to rely on someone to tell you what is hot and what’s not as you get older. That’s what I do; I ask. When Kanye was telling me about ‘Slow Jamz,’ I was trying to sing it all happy, and he was like, ‘Don’t do that. This is hip-hop. Trust me, the simpler it is, the more effective it is,” Foxx shares in the latest issue of Men’s Health. “Music is changing. If you don’t change with it, you’ll be at the casino performing: ‘How y’all feel out there tonight?’ I’m still learning how to stay relevant and current-and at the same time not lose who I am, not be too young.”
With hits like “Fall for Your Type,” “Blame It” and “Unpredictable,” Foxx has enjoyed success with many an age group, but says there comes a time where you have to pull back and “not be so shiny.” According to the “Django Unchained” actor, that time is now.
“Somehow you have to pull yourself away from media, not be so shiny in the next 10 years, because it hurts the art. When you go on talk shows, you have to be lighthearted, which helps and hurts. Now I’ve got to change the satellite a little bit,” Foxx says of aging gracefully. “That’s the tricky part now. How do you navigate through the world you live in and still be an artist? Because that’s the only thing that’s going to survive.”
In related news, Jamie Foxx has been cast to appear in the upcoming sequel to “The Amazing Spider Man.” He is expected to play the film’s central villain, Electro. The sequel goes into production early 2013 and is due in theaters May 2014.
You can also catch Jamie Foxx in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed “Django Unchained,” where he shares the big screen with Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Watch the trailer below… the movie opens Christmas Day.)