Jamie Foxx Shares How He Convinced Cameron Diaz To End Her Hollywood Retirement

Followers can thank Jamie Foxx for efficiently convincing Cameron Diaz to return to the movie trade after an eight-year hiatus.

The 2 actors are set to star within the the forthcoming Netflix comedy, “Back in Action.” It’ll be their third film collectively after 1999’s “Any Given Sunday” and 2014’s “Annie.”

In a brand new interview, Foxx defined how he persuaded Diaz ― who hasn’t appeared on-screen since “Annie” ― to signal on for his new venture.

“Cameron is such an incredible force and she has done so much in this business,” he instructed Leisure Toevening Thursday. “We love her. We had to be very innovative in how we, you know, brought her back.”

The pitch, Foxx defined, was easy. He instructed Diaz: “‘Do you wanna have some fun? Just have some fun!’ And I think that’s what brought her to it.”

Diaz formally introduced her retirement from performing in 2018. A lot of her day trip of the highlight has been targeted on well being and biotech startups. In 2020, she and husband Benji Madden welcomed a daughter, Raddix.

That very same yr, she launched an natural wine model, Avaline, with enterprise companion Katherine Energy.

Jamie Foxx (left) and Cameron Diaz in 2014.

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The star of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “There’s Something About Mary” instructed Harper’s Bazaar in April that she felt at peace together with her choice.

“My life is just completely different than when I was making movies,” she mentioned. “A lot less travel, a lot more sleep, my skin’s clearer because I don’t have so much makeup on all the time.”

By June, nevertheless, Foxx confirmed Diaz’s “Back in Action” casting with a quirky video posted to his social media accounts. In it, he might be heard connecting Diaz to NFL famous person Tom Brady, who introduced his retirement from skilled soccer earlier this yr solely to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40 days later.

“I’m relatively successful at un-retiring,” Brady quipped within the clip.

Although particulars on “Back in Action” are to date scarce, the film shall be directed by Seth Gordon, whose credit embody 2008’s “Four Christmases” and 2011’s “Horrible Bosses.” A launch date has not been introduced.

Of Diaz’s return from retirement, Foxx instructed ET, “We miss special moments sometimes, in our business, and I think this is a special moment. So we’re so happy that it’s happening and looking forward to it.”