Trivia / Ray

  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Charles, Jamie Foxx is a Southern black musician who uses a stage name and dealt with racial segregation growing up. Amusingly, they didn't actually know he could play the piano when they cast him.
  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: #99
  • The Cast Showoff: When it was being explained to Jamie Foxx how they would make it look like he was playing the piano, he stopped the explanation by stating that he knew how to play so such tricks wouldn't be necessary. In every scene with him at the keys, it's genuine.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Jamie Foxx wore prosthetics over his eyes which made him blind for as many as 14 hours a day, and also learned Braille, in order to convincingly play Ray Charles.
    • Likewise, Curtis Armstrong, who played Ahmet Ertegun, had to shave off his curly locks in order to play Ertegun, who was already undergoing male pattern baldness when he signed Ray to Atlantic. Amusingly, most of the hair from Armstrong's head was eventually used to make a wig for the already bald Richard Schiff, who had been cast to play Jerry Wexler.

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