Playing the role as a mentally unstable homeless man in his latest film, “The Soloist,” Jamie Foxx admits that it triggered unhappy memories from his past.
When Foxx was 18, attending the University of San Diego, he was sipping a glass of whisky at a college party and moments later felt the room moving. People were starting to look foreign as his mind tricked him to believe they had contorted faces. He knew something was wrong, and later learned that someone had slipped him PCP as a ‘practical joke’.
‘I know who it was, but he wasn’t a friend. I was drinking whisky and it didn’t taste funny, so I had no idea. It took about 15 minutes and I knew something was wrong. I said to my room-mate, “Something is going on, and I don’t know what it is, but I’m going to ride it out.”
‘That was the last thing I said, and then I was almost in a coma and I couldn’t move, couldn’t talk, couldn’t even say, “Take me to the hospital.” My friend could see something was badly wrong and he took me to the emergency room.’