Fans can thank Jamie Foxx for successfully convincing Cameron Diaz to return to the film industry after an eight-year hiatus.
The two actors are set to star in the upcoming Netflix comedy, “Back in Action.” This will be their third film together after 1999’s ‘Any Given Sunday’ and 2014’s ‘Annie’.
In a new interview, Foxx opened up about how he persuaded Diaz ― who hasn’t appeared on screen since “Annie” ― to sign on for his new project.
“Cameron is such an incredible force and she has done so much in this area,” he told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. “We love her. We had to be very innovative in how we, you know, brought her back.
The pitch, Foxx explained, was simple. He said to Diaz, “‘Do you want to have fun? Have fun! And I think that’s what led her to this.
Diaz officially announced her retirement from acting in 2018. Much of her time out of the spotlight has been spent with healthcare and biotech startups. In 2020, she and husband Benji Madden welcomed a daughter, Raddix.
That same year, she launched an organic wine brand, Avaline, with her business partner Katherine Power.
The ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’ star told Harper’s Bazaar in April that she felt at peace with her decision.
“My life is completely different from when I was making movies,” she said. “A lot less travel, a lot more sleep, my skin is clearer because I don’t wear makeup all the time.”
In June, however, Foxx confirmed Diaz’s “Back in Action” casting with a original video posted on his social media accounts. In it, he can be heard connecting Diaz to NFL superstar Tom Brady, who announced his retirement from professional football earlier this year to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40 days later.
“I’m doing relatively well at not retiring,” Brady joked in the clip.
Although details on “Back in Action” are scarce so far, the film will be directed by Seth Gordon, whose credits include 2008’s “Four Christmases” and 2011’s “Horrible Bosses.” not been announced.
Of Diaz’s return from retirement, Foxx told ET, “Sometimes we miss special moments, in our business, and I think that’s a special moment. So we’re so happy for that to happen and we can’t wait to be there.
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