In Jaime Foxx new film ‘The Soloist’ he plays a man suffering from schizophrenia and says he almost dropped out of the film because of an experience he had when he was 18. Jaime told the LA Times, “When I was 18, somebody slipped something in my drink and it ripped me apart. I had to go to the hospital. I mean, I was gone, it was the kind of trip that… you’re losing your mind. I kept thinking, ‘I can’t live like this’. It didn’t go away, either – for 11 months, I had flashbacks. After what happened when I was 18, when I was at music school, at International University in San Diego, I had a roommate named Mark, a white kid from Nebraska, he would have to talk me to sleep because I would have all of these crazy thoughts. I would go down to the pianos… and I would just play music for hours on end just to keep my mind from the crazy stuff.
J also says, “I thought about just walking away from this movie. I got really worried, I felt all these things. I went to a psychiatrist and I actually asked, ‘Can I catch schizophrenia?’ Now I know you can’t, but I also knew I had this thing happen to me before, and it felt like it was going to happen again. It’s one thing to go crazy and not know it, but, if you feel yourself slipping in, then it’s like drowning, going down. That’s how I felt as a teenager, and just getting close to it again, I could feel the sweat coming, and I felt like I had to run out of there.”