According to Rolling Stone, the rapper/actor revealed that he already has ideas concerning an Outkast movie during a panel last Sunday at the Grammy Museum in L.A. The discussion, which was held after a preview screening of Benjamin’s upcoming film “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” featured the movie’s writer-director John Ridley and producer Danny Bramson.
“It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” Benjamin said while throwing out his suggestion for who should play him. “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”
All jokes aside, the entertainer mentioned balance as something he would seriously like to see in any film about Outkast.
“Probably the importance of balance within the group,” he told Rolling Stone. “One of the biggest things that kills me is when people try to put Big Boi down.”
“The chemistry that made Outkast was the balance,” continued Benjamin. “And honestly, Big’s a much sharper rapper than I am. If I was going to a battle, I’d definitely bet on him instead of me.”
Regarding “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” Benjamin touched on how he prepared to play Jimi Hendrix on the big screen. All in all, Benjamin went all in with the role as he lost 20 pounds because “because I am not naturally a skinny man.” Studying Hendrix interview footage as well as learning to play guitar left-handed before four weeks of rehearsals and six weeks of filming were other methods Benjamin used to get in the right frame of mind to portray the legendary guitarist.
“To get that gait, to move in that way, I had to feel that way. I worked out twice a week, and ate just enough calories to keep myself going,” the entertainer recalled. “Guitar training was strenuous because I’m a right-handed guitar-player. Left-handed is completely opposite. It’s like walking backwards.”
Arriving in theaters Friday (Sept. 26) “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” takes place on a crucial year in the life of Hendrix as he’s discovered and embraced by the London music scene in 1966-67. Rolling Stone noted that the film explores the impact of two women on the rock guitarist’s life and career (Hayley Atwell as Kathy Etchingham and Imogen Poots as Linda Keith), along with the faith of manager Chas Chandler, former Animals bassist, and growing respect from his peers.
“When you first start, you’re nervous. I remember the first Outkast shows I wouldn’t move at all,” he explained. “It takes you a minute to get comfortable in front of people. With Jimi, the story is about these two women that were in his life that really in so many ways helped make this guy. He didn’t have a lot of confidence in his voice. He actually didn’t want to be the frontman in a band. He just wanted to be the guitarist.”
Chatting with those attending the panel discussion, Benjamin revealed how he nailed Hendrix’s relaxed, cosmic speech patterns to those attending the panel discussion.According to the rhymesayer, he began each day with an impression of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss.
“He sounds Jimi-ish,” Benjamin said, to laughs from the audience.
For more on “Jimi All by My Side” from Benjamin as well as Ridley, check out the video below: