Jamie Foxx Needed Therapy During 'Soloist' Filming

'You had to lose your mind every day you're on set,' actor recalls.

Oscar-winning actor, singer, comedian and radio-show host [artist id="3375900"]Jamie Foxx[/artist] found it hard to disconnect from his role as a homeless schizophrenic in the new movie "The Soloist." The part was so emotionally taxing that Foxx started therapy to help him cope with the role and keep himself separate from the character.

"It was something that I enjoyed, but it shredded me. I went to places that I never thought I would ever go," he said, according to Bossip. "I just remember being in my bathroom broke down, talking to my manager, like, 'I don't know if I'll be able to finish this.' "

For the movie, in which he co-stars with Robert Downey Jr., Foxx found that even when he wasn't on set, he was still consumed by the role of Nathanial Ayers, a Juilliard-trained musician who suffers from schizophrenia and wound up living on the streets of Los Angeles. "You had to lose your mind every day you're on set, and sometimes you didn't have enough time to get your mind back before the weekend."

So he started getting professional help "just so you'll have a way to get out of your head. ... I had no idea that the mind could be that fragile."

Last week, Foxx found himself in hot water when he made controversial comments about 16-year-old Disney star Miley Cyrus. He later apologized for suggesting that Cyrus "grow up," make a sex tape and do drugs after the tween star vowed to "ruin" Radiohead.

"I so apologize to [Cyrus], and this is sincere," Foxx said on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." "I am a comedian, and you guys know that whatever I say, I don't mean any of it. And sometimes, as comedians, as we do, we go a little bit too far."

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