According to Foxx:
“I’ve been a huge fan of Spawn since it first came out. When you talked about the first black superhero — it was like, “Wow, that’s something else.’ We love all superheroes, but that really stood out — and then the movie, and when it ran on HBO [as an animated TV series].
“Six years ago, I flew to Phoenix and just walked in on Todd McFarlane and said, “I want to tell you that you’re a badass and if you ever decide to do the movie, I want to throw my hat in the ring.” And I had something that I wrote up. He was like, “What?!” I was like, “Man, I don’t think you understand.” Spawn is one of the most interesting characters. Because he’s blessed by God, but he’s raised by the Devil, in a sense. I said, “If you can convey that — that the superhero is blessed by God but raised by the Devil — that’s something we haven’t seen in a while. And it doesn’t take a lot of money to get it off.”
We’ve seen the gambit of actors either loving or not being aware of source material for comic films for years now, but this is undoubtedly one of the most passionate examples that we’ve seen to date. Not only did Foxx love the source material but he has been actively campaigning for six years to play a character in a movie that wasn’t even in the works for that entire time.
Any time a possibility of the film happening surfaced, the actor would put a word in the creator’s ear that he was open to tackling the character.
As Foxx put it:
“Once it started getting kicked around, I always checked back in. And that’s the thing about it — for some people, [the news of my casting] came out of nowhere, but for me, this was years and years of honing in and wanting to disappear in that character and be true to it. It’s been dope.”
Talk about dedication and a love of the character.
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