As numerous wildfires tear through California, hundreds of thousands of people have been required to evacuate their homes and leave behind their livelihoods as firefighters and rescue personnel work themselves to the bone to fight the desolation.
With the fires burning through Malibu and Calabasas, many superstars have been affected by the firestorms, including Jamie Foxx, who exposed to ET that his family was among those forced to abscond.
“We’re all affected [in California.] We had to evacuate, so my kids and my family are in hotels but they’re safe,” Jamie Foxx told ET at the premiere of his forthcoming action-adventure Robin Hood in New York City.
“But at least 25 people lost their lives, a lot of people are hurting in my neighbourhood in Thousand Oaks, and of course, you know, the shootings,” The actor said, mentioning the tragic mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill last Wednesday, which left 12 people dead.
“So, I can’t tell people enough, in a world right now where it’s sort of crazy times to just look for the good in people. Stop looking for the bad in people,” he said again. “And just pray for the kids, man, pray for everybody in California. People are losing their whole existence. we were fortunate enough to be able to move but a lot of people aren’t, so just God bless all.”
However Jamie’s Thousand Oaks family were courageously soldiering on through the evacuations, the actor had to watch from afar as he was in New York City for the premiere of his forthcoming action blockbuster, Robin Hood.
The movie takes place in medieval England, and Foxx plays Little John, a close confidant of the supposed rogue (played by Taron Egerton).
In this restatement, Little John is a Moorish military commander, and they decided not to have Foxx affect a British accent for the role.
“We tried to do this with a sort of suspension of reality in a sense, we just sort of put our own spin on. So everybody had a different vernacular,” Foxx clarified. “I basically patterned my voice pattern after the guy in Malcolm X, when Denzel went to jail… Every time I would do a line I would go think back [to that actor]… and a little bit of Anthony Hopkins.”
Robin Hood rides into theaters Nov. 21.