Watch the trailer for Jimi: All is By My Side
In less than a month Andre Benjamin, or Andre 3000 from Outkast, will be staring on the big screen as guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in the biopic Jimi: All is By My Side
It was up to the award-winning director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), to revive Jimi’s persona and music and in Andre 3000, he picked a worthy look alike. Whether Mr Benjamin can encapsulate the way Hendrix mesmerized audiences around the world will be fascinating to see – a tall order nonetheless. “I wanted André for the role, beyond the music, because of where he was psychologically — his curiosity about the world was a lot like Jimi”. (John Ridley)
In a revealing interview with the NY Times, Andre 3000 was asked whether he was reluctant to take on the monumental task of playing Hendrix.. I may have said it to John [Ridley]: “Man, I’m old. I have gray hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.” I turned it down. They kept at it. I actually asked my son, [Seven]. He said, “Yeah, man.” Honestly, I needed it in my life, too. Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day.’
Read the entire Andre 3000's interview with the NY Times interview here
The film covers a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67, from playing backup guitarist at New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph. The critics have suggested that the film presents a revealing portrayal of a sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Released 26TH September in the US with a UK release date to follow.