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Comedian Foxx relishes strong dramatic roles

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Comedian Jamie Foxx says dramatic roles like Drew "Bundini" Brown in the new film "Ali" give him more opportunity to prove his acting skills.

Foxx, 34, plays boxer Muhammad Ali's troubled aide in the movie directed by Michael Mann. Will Smith stars as Ali.

"Ali" focuses on the boxer's prime, from his Cassius Clay days in 1964 when he wins the heavyweight crown from Sonny Liston, through his return to glory 10 years later as he reclaims the championship from George Foreman at the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire.

"I've benefited more by doing drama right now because of the fact that it's not expected. Because if you get a person who doesn't know that you do comedy and they still enjoy the performance then that means it's genuine," Foxx said in a recent interview.

He also appeared in 1999's "Any Given Sunday."

Foxx was the host of the WB comedy series "The Jamie Foxx Show."