I was invited to a Press Junket in New York by Sony Pictures.
This interview comes from Marybeth Hamilton, who shared part of the interview with me. I missed the press junket due to the flu but I couldn’t let my readers miss out on such a great opportunity from such a fun family film. I mean I can’t believe I missed the opportunity to interview Jamie Foxx, and I’ve heard such good things about the talent Quvenzhané Wallis. The link to the full interview is below.
How does it feel to be able to remake a classic?
How does it feel? We always get this question. When you make the movie you don’t feel it at all. It’s always afterwards when people ask you that.
What we wanted to do was we wanted to keep what connected with us in the original Annie. The story of optimism, of hope and of never giving up. Of finding your place in life and finding your family. That’s the feeling we wanted to take and connect with the bones of the great music.
And we wanted to make [this] ‘Annie’ our own. As long as we kept those touchstones we felt that we could go off a little bit and make it what we wanted to do.
We felt we did that. We felt the spirit comes out of the movie. We did a lot of nods to the “old” ‘Annie’. As soon as a lot of people see [the number] ‘Maybe’ they realize, ‘Oh, ok. Everyone can relax. It’s ‘Annie’. It might go a little to the left, but it’s ‘Annie’.
JF: If you look at remakes today…everybody’s doing them. ‘The Green Hornet’. ’21 Jump Street’. I think it’s great to grab a wonderful brand and have a wonderful actress with it.
Quvenzhané was nominated at such an early age and now she’s stepped into this iconic role. I just thought it would be the right time. Then Jay Z remaking Hard Knock Life. It just seemed really fresh.
There are so many big names behind this film as producers. How did that come about? [To Will Gluck] Was it your idea to remake the film?
WG: Will [Smith] and Jay Z got the rights. They talked to the original writers. They got everyone excited about it, then I came on board.
Having Jay Z attached to the film is like having the keys to the music castle. He opened up the doors. I met Sia through that. Then I got Quvenzhané Wallis on board and Greg Kurstin. Having his imprimatur on it…everyone lays down at your feet. So it was good!
Jamie to Quvenzhané: Talk about where you’re from and how this whole big world has opened up to you.
QW: I’m from louisiana. Before I was acting, I was going to school and I was on the A/B honor roll. I’m still on the honor roll, so that’s good. Everything was going well.
Then my mom asked me to go auditions so I went. Then everything started happening. It was something that I liked so I kept doing it. It wasn’t like acting was a one-time thing. It was something that I really liked.
To Quvenzhané Wallis: How did you like being on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float?
JF: I saw that!
QW: Will you chillax?!?
JF: You didn’t call me!
QW: I didn’t have any service! Ok, so it was really being in the parade and doing the dance routine was really fun but it was super cold and it started snowing!
One of the girls, the smallest one, Nicolette, a snowflake fell on her hair. I was like, ‘You have a snowflake in your hair, look! You have the perfect snowflake!’ Then I put it on my glove and it just melted. Then I kept doing the parade and it was really fun!
To see the full interview visit ANNIE 2014: My Interview with Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Will Gluck #AnnieMovie.