Comedian Tommy Davidson first encountered Jamie Foxx on the set of “In Living Color” and almost immediately had an issue with the newcomer.
In his upcoming memoir “Living in Color,” Davidson writes that the pair were filming a sketch in which Foxx was playing one of his breakout characters, Wanda — who truly believed she was the most gorgeous woman in the world — who was giving Davidson a massage.
The “Strictly Business” actor claims Foxx veered off script by strenuously pulling on Davidson’s underwear, trying to rip them off and leaving him naked.
Davidson says it was lucky he was lying down because his first reaction was to sit up and “bust him in his mouth, saying, ‘What the f–k, motherf–ka!’” Davidson surmises that Foxx did it for no other reason than to get a cheap laugh at his expense.
He writes that although Foxx is talented, he was “competitive” and his style of humor was to be “mercilessly mean.” He claims that when the “Ray” star discovered he could score points with series creator Keenen Ivory Wayans by making fun of Davidson, he was relentless.
When the pair were reunited in 1997 on the movie “Booty Call,” the tensions immediately resurfaced. Davidson claims that Foxx refused to understand the concept of “supporting actor” and “was determined to steal every scene he could.”
As Davidson tells it, one day Foxx challenged Davidson to a game of one-on-one basketball and even though Davidson says Foxx was trash-talking throughout, it didn’t help his score — which was soon 9-0.
Davidson says he then went for a layup and Foxx proceeded to charge him. “If I had hit my head on the hardtop concrete, that would have been the end of me,” he writes. “I was ready to give Jamie some street-fighting lessons too, but the crew pulled us off each other and held me back.”
The “Sweet Tooth Jones” creator hopes that, “Maybe [Foxx is] a better person now. I would like to believe he is.”
“Living in Color” will be released on January 28.
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