Moviegoers need not worry whether or not James Brown’s family approves of the upcoming biopic, Get On Up, chronicling the late Godfather of soul’s life — because “they love it.”
Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman told theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon that several members of Brown’s family attended early screenings of the film and “love it,” including his daughters, Yamma and Deanna Brown; his grandson, Jason Brown; and ex-wife, DeeDee Brown.
“They loved it. I ran into Yamma and she just hugged me… held onto me and basically was like, ‘we love it, we love it, we love it. I can’t wait for people to see it.’ Yamma, Deanna, DeeDee, the grandson, Jason Brown, they all have seen it, and they love it.”
Boseman also revealed the best advice he received from the film’s producer, rock & roll legend, Mick Jagger.
“Essentially he just said, ‘you got it. You have it.’ He just instilled confidence in me,” said Boseman. “He talked about James Brown a lot, and his passion, but once he saw us in rehearsal, he was like, ‘yeah, just keep going.’”
Get On Up hits theaters nationwide August 1.
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