Jamie Foxx, Will Smith Compete for Hobo Savant Title

February 7, 2008

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The Oscar race is sure to be tight next year, with two serious actors (assuming you ignore all the stupid shit they've done) waging a war of simulated homelessness, each playing a variation of the popular "hobo with a hidden talent" archetype.

Will Smith thought he had a lock on the Best Hobo title with his booze-swigging, superpowered bum in Hancock, particularly with his famously mismatched ski-hat and Hawaiian shirt combo (the homeless can never properly dress for a single season). But now a dark horse has emerged, with Jamie Foxx playing a homeless piano prodigy--and he's schizophrenic! In this shot from The Soloist set, Foxx answers Smith's clashing seasonal attire with several layers of jackets and an outer layer of graffiti-stained day-glo vest, plus the hair of a madman.

Who will win in the end? Probably Foxx, since I just noticed he was dedicated enough to shave his eyebrows off. You know, like homeless schizophrenics do.

On Location: The Soloist [JFX]

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