*(Via USA Today) – One of the Famous Flames. The Godfather of Soul. The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk.
“The collective genius that is James Brown is he was all of those things,” says Tate Taylor, director of “Get on Up.” Set to open Aug. 1, the movie shows the key moments in Brown’s life behind each of those titles, Taylor says, but it is not a linear, cradle-to-grave biopic. “It’s all who he is, but we’re going to put it on shuffle instead of play.”
Brown’s epic impact on music is indisputable. From the mid-1950s to the end of the century, he scored classic hits including “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” His dynamic dancing on stage was electrifying, and he performed hundreds of dates each year, earning him another title: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Brown died in 2006 at age 73.
Chadwick Boseman is charged with re-creating Brown’s charisma onscreen. Biopics aren’t new to him: He portrayed baseball icon Jackie Robinson in last year’s “42.”
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