Sneak Peek: Andre 3000 Plays Jimi Hendrix In New Biopic (Watch)
Andre 3000 has recently come out of hiding to work on a new Outkast album with Big Boi. But, before he landed back in the studio, he was working on his dream acting role, portraying one of his heroes Jimi Hendrix in the biopic titled JIMI: All is by My Side. The making of the film was not without drama, when Jimi’s estate refused to release his music. But, the film persevered and apparently Andre has received rave reviews from critics! I guess when you have a great performance, you don’t need the music?!
Written by 12 Years A Slave screenwriter and Oscar winner John Ridley, the film captures the life the iconic rock star, who died in 1970 at the age of 27, with the help of André Benjamin. The movie didn’t have the support of the Hendrix estate so it makes do without his music, but critics nevertheless applauded when the biopic debuted at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival. The movie makes its U.S. debut on March 12 at SXSW.
All Is By My Side tells the Hendrix’s in the year before he became a rock legend, when he was still a back-up guitarist named Jimmy James playing dingy New York clubs. A well-connected groupie named Linda Keith, however, sees in him something special. She brings him to 1966 London, where Jimmy transforms into Jimi. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll ensue. The film culminates with Hendrix being invited to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the historic all-star concert that made him an icon.
In an exclusive clip from the film, Jimi and Linda (Imogen Poots) have a heart-to-heart before he flies to California. They’re no longer together, but he wrote a song about her, he says. Linda, however, is the kind of gal that inspires lots of rock songs: Keith Richards penned “Ruby Tuesday” about her.
Watch the first clip from the film below and let me know what you think!
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