Jamie Foxx bantered with Rosie O’Donnell, Terrence Howard escorted his young daughter (“because I don’t know if I’ll ever be invited to one of these things again”) and Jennifer Hudson glowed with newfound stardom at Monday’s preem of “Dreamgirls” at the Ziegfeld.
So how did Foxx approach the role of a predatory music manager? Simple: He removed any trace of sympathy. “I wanted to make him completely evil. He has to be — that’s what makes (co-stars) Hudson, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie (Murphy) so powerful.”
The Ziegfeld crowd gave ovations to the showstopping numbers as though premiere was a Broadway night, then adjourned to the Gotham Club.
At the preem, writer-director Bill Condon said it wasn’t easy transforming comic actor Murphy into the tragic fallen star he plays. So he used some makeup magic, putting a space between thesp’s teeth to mute his million-dollar smile. “We didn’t want the Eddie Murphy everyone knows peeking out,” Condon said.