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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Miami Vice

Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell team up in 'Miami Vice.' Jamie Foxx reunites with his "Collateral" director Michael Mann for the updated film version of the '80s cop show, "Miami Vice." Foxx takes over the role originated by Philip Michael Thomas while Colin Farrell stars as Det. James Sonny Crockett, the character played by Don Johnson in the series.

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The original series is remembered both for its unique look (visually the series more closely resembled films of that time than other TV shows) and for Don Johnson's fashion choices. Johnson made the three-day stubble, pastels, and wearing Italian blazers over T-shirts into fashion trends. It's highly doubtful director Mann (who executive produced the TV series) is hoping Colin Farrell will inspire the same copycat fashions, but it is interesting that Johnson's "Miami Vice" look remains so easily recognizable.

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As if having Oscar-winner Foxx ("Ray") and Irish hottie Farrell on the "Miami Vice" set working with four-time Oscar nominee Mann wasn't enough to generate attention, filming was interrupted when real-life intruded on the set. A shooting took place while the cast/crew were at the Plaza Maria de Toledo Hotel in Santo Domingo filming a scene. And trouble even followed Farrell off the set after production wrapped. Farrell checked himself into rehab to kick his dependence on pain medications. With so much going on peripherally, it's no wonder "Miami Vice" easily qualifies as one of 2006's most talked about films.

*From Rebecca Murray, Your Guide to Hollywood Movies.


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