Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx stars as MF Jones, just your average, neighborhood murder consultant, in New Line Cinema’s dark comedy Horrible Bosses. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell also star.
In the film, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable for Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Can the three friends pull it off? As Charlie Day points out, “These three aren’t exactly criminal masterminds.” But at least they’re smart enough to know they need help. Enter ‘MF’ Jones, an ex-con with a one-of-a-kind moniker, a flair for the dramatic and a special expertise he’s willing to share for the right price… as soon as he decides what that might be.
“Jones is kind of a self-described murder consultant, the killer confidante,” Jamie Foxx reveals. “These guys come into a bar, looking for a hit man. He overhears their conversation and, knowing that they’re gullible dumbasses, sees an opportunity to make some money. So he scares them a little and tells them what they want to hear.”
Calling Jones “an entrepreneur,” director Seth Gordon says, “Jamie puts some amazing details and gestures into his performance. He’s a real master.”
Foxx worked with the director, and costume designer Carol Ramsey, to perfect Jones’ look, starting at the top. It was his idea to go with full-scalp tattoos as something, he notes, “not a lot of people have seen and not a lot of people are doing. Then we got retro with the clothes, the pointy-toe boots and things like that, because this is a guy who maybe went to jail for a minute and now he’s living in his own time capsule. When he got out he went right back to the clothes he thought were hot when he went in.”
The tattoos took an hour and a half to apply. Foxx recalls, “I went out once and people took a couple of pictures and it was all over the Internet, like ‘Jamie Foxx has lost his mind.’ But it really serves the character and that’s the kind of reaction you want.”
Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 21, “Horrible Bosses” is a New Line Cinema distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.