I was all set to just dismiss it a simply - albeit easily noticable mistake - and assume they meant Jamie Foxx was rumoured to be Sammy Davis Jr, one of Frank Sinatra's "rat pack" buddies. Alas, that is (apparently) not the case when you consider the following lines:
Leonardo DiCaprio and Harry Connick Jr. were among the names rumoured to be in contention for the role...
But now African-American actor Foxx, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004's Ray, has emerged as the favourite to play Ol' Blue Eyes.
So, clearly, whoever wrote this article is fully aware that Frank Sinatra is white and that Jamie Foxx is not, so it truly does beg the question: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED, IMDb? How can an article that announces an African American actor such as Foxx as the front runner to portray Frank Sinatra get passed the lowliest of lowly editors? I am assuming that the meager WENN staffer that cobbled this piece together is British due to the spelling of "rumour" and "favourite", but that's still no excuse.
And then there is the dubious issue of this apparent "insider".
An insider tells Britain's Daily Star, "Jamie would seem to be born to the role. Magnificent voice, convincing acting ability - like Frank himself..."
Apparently there is some person out there sending Britain's Daily Star staffers choice tips such as this and getting away with it? I'm not going to get into a debate as to whether Jamie Foxx has a) a magnificent voice and/or b) a convincing acting ability (?!?) but that is neither here nor there as Jamie is AFRICAN AMERICAN. That this quote apparently showed up in the mailbox of some poor sod at the Daily Mail is bizarre to begin with - why send something so ridiculously absurd - but that someone actually believed it? Yikes.
Or, on the other side of the coin, there is the other obvious option and that is that whoever wrote the piece made up the quote from the "insider", which then just opens up a whole supermarket worth of cans of crazy questions. Like, if you're going to make up an entire article about an actor becoming the new favourite to play Sinatra why choose, of all people, Jamie Foxx? JAMIE FOXX WHO IS AFRICAN AMERICAN!
Or maybe Martin Scorsese is making his Sinatra movie into a reversed Bamboozled? Will Foxx's Sinatra been done in "whiteface" and take all of its cues from Stuff White People Like? I'd almost pay to see that!
"Jamie would seem to be born for the role" you say? If you say so...
The world (and IMDb) has gone made.