Few can own a room like
Foxx, who received the Renaissance Award Saturday at the
Nobody seemed to mind. Not Foxx, definitely not the media and not even Downey Jr.'s wife when he planted a surprise wet kiss on Foxx's cheek. Foxx, no slouch himself, would get his moment to shine during the gala, where he was interviewed by Downey Jr. and occasionally broke into song.
(My favorite moment? When Foxx greeted a couple at the posh gala with: "You guys look like you just came off a wedding cake.")
The gala marked Foxx¿s second visit to Chicago in three weeks. The Oscar-winner was one of many A-list stars to take part in
"It was crazy. It was like a celebrity '
"The great part was the day before, me and
Foxx joked that Winfrey's "retirement" will be like that of another Chicago icon. "Oprah can't leave," the
Speaking of coming back, Foxx confirmed reports that he is bringing the "
"We're asking back anyone who's ever been affected by it or had anything to do with it," said Foxx, who will serve as producer on the show. "Sometimes it's tough for us to understand (that) if it hadn¿t been for the Apollo a lot of us wouldn't be here. We want to tap everyone on the shoulder and say, 'Come give back, come sit in the audience, come judge for us. Apollo has been in our DNA for a long time. Let's not let it fail."
Meanwhile, Downey Jr., who co-starred with Foxx in 2009's
The 46-year-old actor was on a break from filming the Marvel superhero crossover film
Is there any way the movie can meet fanboys' expectations?
"Yes," responded Downey Jr. "I wouldn't have said that a month ago, but it¿s actually going to be pretty good. It's really tough to imagine all those superheroes actually making sense together but