Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Exclusive: Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. Says “Show Me the Money,” Switches Agents


Show him the money: Cuba Gooding, Jr. is changing agents. After a long run with CAA, Gooding today is joining ICM Partners, where the legendary Boaty Boatwright and the intrepid Adam Schweitzer will be guiding his career. Gooding won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for “Jerry Maguire.” His memorable role as football player Rod Tidwell featured the now classic line “Show me the money.”

Flash forward to 2013, the 45 year old Gooding is on Broadway in the hit revival “The Trip to Bountiful” with Tony winner Cicely Tyson and gorgeous Vanessa Williams. In August Gooding stars in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” in which he plays an integral role alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Is he hot right now? I’d say so. And word is Gooding is so happy in New York, he’s considering a move to the East Coast. His eldest son starts at a top university here this fall.

PS Did you know that Gooding got the part of Rod in “Jerry Maguire” after a reading with Robin Williams, not Tom Cruise? Williams did the reading as a favor. And Gooding’s break came when two other actors couldn’t or didn’t show up.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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