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 thick curly hair in order to play Ertegun, who was already undergoing male pattern baldness when he signed Ray to Atlantic. Amusingly, most of that hair was eventually used to make a wig for the already bald Richard Schiff, who had been cast to play Jerry Wexler.
  • He Also Did:
    • Regina King (Margie Hendricks) is best known for playing Det. Lydia Adams on Southland and for voicing Riley and Huey Freeman on The Boondocks.
    • Harry Lennix (Joe Adams) is best known for playing Harold Cooper on The Blacklist.
    • Curtis Armstrong (Ahmet Ertegun) is best known for playing Dudley "Booger" Dawson in Revenge of the Nerds and Herbert Viola on Moonlighting.
    • Richard Schiff (Jerry Wexler) is best known for playing Toby Ziegler on The West Wing.
    • Terrence Dashon Howard (Gossie McKee) is best known for playing Lucious Lyon on Empire.
    • Wendell Pierce (Wilbur Brassfield) is best known for playing Det. Bunk Moreland on The Wire and Antoine Batiste in Treme.
    • Tequan Richmond (Ray Charles, Jr.) is best known for playing Drew Rock on Everybody Hates Chris and TJ Ashford on General Hospital.
    • David Krumholtz (Milt Shaw) is best known for playing Charlie Eppes on Numbers.
    • Director Taylor Hackford is also best known for directing An Officer and a Gentleman.


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