JAMIE FOXX SAYS HIS BIOLOGICAL PARENTS �COPPED OUT� --
�60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY� ON CBS
Ed Gordon Conducts �60 Minutes Wednesday� Interview
Jamie Foxx is known for his stand-up routines, comedic roles and dramatic performances. In fact, some say that Foxx�s portrayal of legendary singer Ray Charles in �Ray� is so remarkable that he�s a shoo-in for an Academy Award nomination. But despite all his professional successes, Foxx tells 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY contributor Ed Gordon, in an emotional interview, that it is still hard to come to grips with the fact that his biological parents �copped out.� Gordon�s interview will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY, Nov. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Long before taking roles in �Any Given Sunday,� �Ali� or Collateral,� Foxx, who was then known as Eric Bishop, was a star in his hometown of Terrell, Texas. Although he was the starting quarterback for his high school football team, the Terrell Tigers, his early accomplishments weren�t acknowledged by his biological parents. Adopted by his grandparents as a baby, Foxx tells Gordon during an emotional moment that his biological parents lived nearby, but seldom came to visit. ��I didn�t need much, but just a little bit would have been, like�at least you�re checking for me,� Foxx tells Gordon. �How can you have a son and not want to be around this type of son?� says Foxx. �You want your son to play football? I got that. You want your son to be smart? I have that and you only lived 26 miles away from me. Those are the things that are hard to come to grips with.�
Despite all the disappointments with his biological parents, Foxx accepts the way his life has gone. Gordon asks, �Would you give up all of what you�ve accomplished all of what you�ve gained, if your life had been different and your parents had been together and you with them?� Foxx responds, �No. No, because I know now as a parent that, in a sense, they copped out. I don�t cop out on my daughter no matter how busy I am, so, you know�I wouldn�t do that�.�
Josh Howard is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY and Bruce Ferguson is the producer of this report.