Jamie Foxx on Roman Polanski: he should be “missing” not in jail

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Jamie Foxx has been taking a secondary role for the promotion of Law Abiding Citizen, which gets a full theatrical release this Friday. Gerard Butler has been promoting this film for a few weeks now, and will be doing even more promotion this week as he chills out in New York City, rehearsing for his gig as host of this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. Can you imagine it? Sigh… my guess is that there will be at least one skit where he’s shirtless. And there will probably be (just guessing here) some kind of digital spoof of 300. Meanwhile, this interview with Jamie Foxx is literally the first thing I’ve seen Jamie do for his promotional duties beyond red carpet interviews at the premiere.

In Parade, Jamie talks about everything from R&B (it’s for the ladies) to Roman Polanski. I guess with the content of LAC (Gerard’s family gets killed, Jamie’s district attorney cuts a bad deal with the killers, Gerard hunts down and tortures and kills everyone), Jamie and Gerard are going to get a lot of unimaginative questions about the American justice system and whether it’s broken or whatever. Parade decided to ask Jamie about our failed justice system’s current poster boy, Roman Polanski. Jamie doesn’t go off as much as I would have expected:

Passing judgment on Roman Polanski.
“If it had been my daughter who was barely a teenager–my daughter is 15–Roman Polanski would be missing . . . period. It wouldn’t even get to the court case. But, that’s me and I wouldn’t want anyone else to follow that because you should let the justice system work it out. On the other hand, I don’t know Roman Polanski, but maybe if I had a relationship with him my answer would be different. I just think this whole issue is bigger than Roman Polanski.”

Where do you draw the line?
“Revenge is a tough thing. When it comes to someone bringing harm to your family, it’s hard to think about turning the other cheek. When I hear about things that we allow to go on in our society where women are harmed, I just knee-jerk. I’ve said some things publicly that my publicist keeps telling me I should keep to myself. I don’t know if that’s my Texas upbringing, but there comes a point where you just say, ‘OK, that would be my tipping point. What would I do?’ Some of things I’ve said I’d do to sexual perpetrators were pretty graphic. But I also read some stories of people taking the law into their own hands, which is bad too. So it’s tough to know how far you’d go.”

Trying not to get left behind with his choices as a singer.
“I’m just going to stay current. It’s like all my R&B cohorts are out of jobs right now. Nobody wants to hear R&B. It’s sad. If you want to be on the radio you got to stay young. My daughter always goes, ‘Dad you sound old. You sound 50. Why don’t you have a machine on your voice? They’re not going to like that. You gotta sound young.’ Then when she heard me sing ‘Blame It,’ she went, ‘That’s it. That’s real music.'”

The celebrity challenge.
“It’s hard to be a celebrity nowadays. It’s not about your track record anymore. If you have a great movie, you’re good. If not, people are ready to write you off. I think the only ones who are really winning are people like Will Smith. People go, ‘Oh, it’s Will Smith. I’ve got to see him, whatever he’s in.’ It’s tough because the lines have been blurred. I was watching that reality show with Jon and Kate. They’re huge, and I don’t even know what they’re huge for. They somehow crossed over because they’re just as popular as Brad Pitt.”

Beware of YouTube.
“If you’re somewhat successful, you can keep on doing your thing. But don’t get caught out there looking goofy. It’s weird. When you do something that stinks, it’s going to last forever on the Internet. There’s always someone in the audience with a camera phone and if you’re not 100%, you’re going to be watching yourself on YouTube.”

[From Parade]

He sounds almost… thoughtful. Of course, this is the same guy who, back in April, said on his Sirius radio show that 16-year-old Miley Cyrus should “make a sex tape and grow up…Do like Lindsay Lohan and start being a lesbian… Get like Britney Spears and do some heroin… get some crack in your pipe… Catch chlamydia on a bicycle seat.” Of course, Jamie later apologized. And those just words. Granted, they were pretty gross, disgusting things to say about a 16-year-old, but it’s not like Jamie physically assaulted a young girl. Like Polanski did.

Jamie Foxx at the premiere of Law Abiding Citizen at The Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California on October 6, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Sakota says:

    “If it had been my daughter who was barely a teenager–my daughter is 15–Roman Polanski would be missing . . . period. ”

    Finally, someone says something sensible.

  2. BitterBetty says:

    Jamie Fox speaks the truth.

  3. Darlene says:

    I agree. Polanski would be “missing” after raping my daughter, too.

  4. Firestarter says:

    Can’t wait for the bleeding hearts to get all moral on Jaime Foxx’s comment.

    Any parent would probably feel the same way.

    My opinion, please don’t tell the moderator on me! LOL!

  5. Praise St. Angie! says:

    oooo, firestarter, I’m tellin’!

  6. Tess says:


    very funny!!! LOL.

  7. Firestarter says:

    Praise St. Angie- Hahahaha! Won’t be the first time in the last 24hrs! : )

  8. Eileen Yover says:

    Kaiser-Hmmmm maybe we should take a little roadtrip up to NY and locate the SNL after-party!!

  9. Ben says:

    It always pisses me off when people say they’d kill, or make the person go ‘missing’ who hypethetically does these atrocities their families.
    1. Despite how much people insist they’re being honest they probably wouldn’t. So many people say it, yet vigilante justice doesn’t occur that much.
    2. If you are telling the truth well you’re an idiot. So the laws all well and good until it comes to you, and you being wronged? Then suddenly you can administer it as you like? Sorry society doesn’t work like that and you will and should get put in jail.

    Anyway that’s my serious moment out of the way.

    Other than that I agree with everything he said.

  10. SolitaryAngel says:

    Well…if it had been MY daughter—*something* definitely would be missing! They might or might not find it with an X-Ray.

    JFoxx, I officially absolve you of the Miley debacle. All is forgiven.

  11. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Firestarter- so long as we’re expressing opinions and not jumping on everyone who doesn’t agree with the zeitgeist you’ll have nothing to worry about. But you crossed the line and you know you did.

    I agree with Jamie however, we wouldn’t be discussing Polanski’s sentence we’d be discussing my murder trial.

  12. cara says:

    Wow! I never had a nice word to say about Jaime Fox after Ray. BUT, I must say, he has brought me back to his side. It really is a war out there for us trying to raise kids. And he obviously see’s that. Sex sells, just watch the Disney channel. Just go into your local Kmart and check out the Disney brand nathing suits for your toddler girls!!!! Sex sells, and who was it, Roman Polanski who said, “Everyone wants to f**k little girls. Judges want to f**k little girls, lawyers etc” – and I quote and am serious, I read that he actually said that.

    I think I’m going to see that new Fox film.

  13. Firestarter says:

    H.Grex- Uh, since when are you the self appointed moderator of this site? If you go to the original thread where you ATTACKED ME, you will find others said far worse AND you had the audacity to call me out! Who do you think you are?

    Ignore my posts as I will now ignore yours from this point on. I did nothing inappropriate and might I say you “attacked” someone rather harshly in another thread yestedrday, but I didn’t see where the rest of us sought fit to tell you we were going to “tell the moderator” on you and to back the eff off. Why don’t you go check out the Angelina thread, where you attacked a poster for having an opinion contrary to yours. If you are going to be preaching to the rest of us on how to conduct ourselves on this site, might I suggest you also preach to yourself.

    Have a swell day!

  14. really says:

    I am not able to read anything he says w.out thinking he is a big d-bag for what he said about Miley Cyrus. When will he take responsibility for saying something so inappropriate?

  15. sauvage says:

    I never head the original tape, so I don’t know how what he said about Miley Cyrus SOUNDED – but as I read them the quotes translate to me as pretty sarcastic and as a harsh warning to Miley NOT to take that route. But that’s just me.

  16. OXA says:

    If he was missing it would save the State if Ca a lot of money.

  17. Schnauzers!!!! says:

    Have to agree with Jamie. If it were one of my children…they would have never found Polanski. Of course my daughter would never have been allowed to be in a situation to be alone with him like that either…but that does NOT in any way negate what he did.

  18. elvisgrace says:

    I never ever thought I would say this, but…I love you, Jamie Foxx

  19. Raven says:

    I guess Jamie doesn’t read or listen much. The hypo should have been, assuming you pimped your own daughter and what you expected to happen did happen, . . .

  20. Iggles says:

    I agree Cara. Now I wanna see Jamie’s new film. I was gonna skip it, but he sold me on it!

  21. lio says:

    I don’t know what you are all talking about: I would never leave my 13 years-old daughter alone with a 40 years old director. Especially not to take nude photo of her.
    And if something bad were to happen anyway, i would not seek justice by myself, but i would also not ask for 500 000 dollars in exchange for my “forgiveness”. So you see, the whole discussion is fiction for me.

  22. filthycute says:

    How arbitrary, Jamie.

    This a-hole was defending Tookie Williams a while back.

  23. fizXgirl314 says:

    I always do wonder how I would deal with something this atrocious if it happened to me… I’d imagine myself flying off the handle… but I also don’t think that is practical… I hope I never find out is all I can say…

  24. original kate says:

    preach it.

  25. Whoa Baby! says:

    Mate, luve yer guts, if that’s how you think.
    Jamie for President!!!