Chadwick Boseman says 'Get On Up' tells real story about James Brown's drug addiction
Chadwick Boseman is bringing James Brown’s iconic story to the big screen in the highly anticipated biopic Get on Up, which hits theaters August 1.
The film, which has recieved the blessing of Brown’s family, is based on The Godfather of Soul’s life and gives a fearless look behind the music, one of a kind dance moves, and ups and downs of his life.
In an interview for MSNBC conducted by theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Boseman opened up about playing Brown and revealed what he thinks to be the biggest misconception the public has about the Get on Up singer.
“I think people usually make statements about him being crazy. Most people think that he was on drugs his whole life, and that’s absolutely not true,” said Boseman. “There was a period of time where he did make that a part of his life, but it wasn’t the entire time. In fact, he spent a lot of time being anti-drugs, a lot of time making songs about that.”
Boseman, who starred last year as Jackie Robinson in the critically acclaimed biopic, 42, says he has no plans of bringing any other icons to life but will never say never.
“The rest of the characters need to be made up. No more icons until God sends one.”
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