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Jamie Foxx says Taron Egerton is ‘One of Hollywood’s Most Talented’

Movie veteran Jamie Foxx has claimed Taron Egerton is one of the most talented people in Hollywood.

The 50-year-old actor stars alongside Taron, 28, in the upcoming ‘Robin Hood’ movie, and Jamie has heaped praise on his co-star ahead of the film’s release.

Jamie shared: “Listen, we had a great time. This man is one of the most talented people you will ever see.”

Leonardo DiCaprio serves as a producer on the Otto Bathurst-directed project, and Jamie admitted that the Hollywood veteran was “blown away” by Taron’s performance.

Born Eric Bishop, the man burst into the public consciousness as a stand-up comedian and sketch performer on Fox’s In Living Color, but he’s also a talented dramatic performer, winning a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of R&B legend Ray Charles in Ray in 2005.

That same year, he also received a best supporting actor nomination for Collateral. When not starring in everything from action movies (White House Down) to Quentin Tarantino flicks (Django Unchained) to family films (Annie), Foxx has enjoyed a successful music career with hit singles like “Blame It” and multiple collaborations with Kanye West.

There could be an interesting reason Foxx refuses to let the public dig into his private life. “I like to stay quiet, you know, with anyone that I’m dating; that I’m really, really dating,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “If there’s somebody that you’re dating, the worst thing you can do is let that [points at camera] touch you. Because once that camera touches you.You have to make sure it’s real. We don’t take time do that anymore.”

Jamie told The Hollywood News: “What he does with the character, the way he embodies the character when we talked about this … as a matter of fact, our good friend Leonardo DiCaprio who was blown away by his performance, blown away by everything he did.”

Meanwhile, Taron revealed he jumped at the chance to star in the movie because the revamped story appealed to him.

The Welsh actor was also drawn to the idea of working with Jamie.

He shared: “It was ripe for a retelling. Otto was very clear about what he wanted to do and rock it up, rushing into the 21st century, you know? That’s why I wanted to do it. And of course, I wanted to work with Jamie Foxx!”