December 20th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
There were some aspects of playing Django in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" that Jamie Foxx could draw from his personal life - he's from Texas, for example, and he rode his own horse in the film.
But other times the actor relied on musical inspiration, and the Notorious B.I.G. in particular.
"I listened to a lot of Biggie Smalls. Whenever there was a time when I was getting ready for my scene, I would play 'Dead Wrong' or 'Somebody’s Gotta Die,' so there would be things like that that I would just use as fuel," Foxx told Vanity Fair. "I would also watch Denzel in 'Glory' or 'A Soldier’s Story' or watch Clint Eastwood, watch Wesley Snipes in 'New Jack City' - characters that affected me in the sense that I had to make sure Django was quiet."
Foxx, quite the musician himself, also contributed to the soundtrack with a Rick Ross collaboration called "100 Black Coffins," which moviegoers will also hear in the film.
"You can't deny the energies of Rick Ross and Quentin Tarantino," Foxx said. "I crafted the track to have the spirit of the old Western married with the newness of hip-hop."
Foxx is no stranger to the Western genre, and can name his favorite in a heartbeat.
"My favorite Western of all time has to be ‘Tombstone,'" he told CNN in a recent interview. "Because all of those lines in there were just absolutely amazing."
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