will.i.am Interview - Rio, Jamie Foxx, and American Idol
According to will.i.am singing and ___________ are components that go together.
Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the LA Premiere of 20th Century Fox's Rio.I love the song that you do with Jamie Foxx. Talk about that collaboration.will.i.am: "Jamie Foxx and I have been trying to work together for the past four years. When you're in a club, you're like, 'Let's get together.' 'All right,' and you exchange phone numbers. And then you see each other at the Super Bowl and you'll be like, 'Let's work together.' And then you don't. And then it's the NBA All-Stars and it's, 'Let's do something together.' You never do nothing, and then here comes an opportunity to really do something and show each other what we're capable of doing, so we're forced to do something together outside of a film. Not that we didn't want to work together in the past, it's just that his schedule and my schedule - we could always change but is going to the studio to mess around and him not knowing what's going to come out of it, worth him dropping something or canceling something? Now I think this has proven to both of us that yes, it's worth cutting something out of our schedule to make something. He's talented and I think I proved to him what I'm capable of doing. He can trust me and I can trust him, and we can go and make some beautiful things."Even though you're voicing birds, you can see there's chemistry between the two characters.will.i.am: "That's Carlos Saldanha because we were never in the same room together. We never read. It was just us and Carlos - one on one."Had you met Jemaine Clement before? [Before our interviewing, will.i.am was calling out to Jemaine further done the blue carpet]will.i.am: "No, I met Jemaine in Rio."So you all got to go to Rio and actually celebrate as a cast?will.i.am: "Yeah. I was actually already there for Carnival."And the whole cast reunited there?will.i.am: "Well, I travel all the time. That's what I do. I leave tomorrow."You helped out on American Idol this season. Do you have a favorite?will.i.am: "Yeah, but I can't say."Are they a good talented group this year, do you think?will.i.am: "I think this is the most talent I've seen on American Idol ever."What did you think of Pia Toscano getting booted off so early?will.i.am: "She's a great talent. She sings beautiful and she is beautiful, but she performed Tina Turner and she didn't move like Tina Turner. So a lot of...All the contestants, you've got to learn from that. If you're going to do something that suggests that you're both a singer and a performer, you can't just bypass the performing because you can sing. They're components; they go together. And if you're going to do the ultimate female of all time, you can't skimp out on the performance."She got a record deal.will.i.am: "Yeah, but learn from it. I know a lot of people with record deals and then they have no record deals. You've got to learn from what put you in that quicksand, so you can always get out of it on your own. And not like, 'Help me out please! Throw me a rope!' You don't want to be... You have to know how to get yourself out of holes. I wish her luck and I wish that she learns from that, to prepare herself when she gets a record deal that she gets the right songs and the right choreographers and the right writers, and learn from those choreographers and producers so she can learn to write, produce, and do her own choreography. That's the difference between a singer and an artist."Would you work with her?will.i.am: "I would like to teach her. That's the best collaboration."Did Jamie Foxx teach you anything in your collaboration?will.i.am: "Yeah, Jamie taught me a lot. If you don't walk into a situation and learn... I learned from Carlos. I learned from Jemaine [Clement]. That guy is..."What did Jemaine teach you?will.i.am: "Okay, I had this friend in the projects named Jemaine, and when you're in the projects that's how you call somebody from afar is 'Jemaine!' So, I never met Jemaine but when I saw that his name-tag said Jemaine, I was like, 'Jemaine!' That dude is talented. His song in the film, man, talk about jelly sandwiches. I ate a jelly sandwich. That means jealous. When a person ate a jelly sandwich, you jealous. So a lot of dudes are like eating jelly sandwiches over my shoes right now, because these shoes are making folks jealous."More on Rio: