Rapper To Play Hendrix In New Biopic

The rapper-turned-actor Andre 3000 is set to play the role of guitar hero Jimi Hendrix in biopic, "All Is By My Side", which will begin shooting in three weeks.

Rapper To Play Hendrix In New Biopic
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Andre 3000 is probably best known as one half of hip-hop duo Outkast, according to IFTN though, the rapper-turned-actor has something a bit more "classic rock" in sights for his next project. Specifically, he's set to play the role of guitar hero Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic, titled "All Is By My Side", which will begin shooting in Ireland in three weeks. IFTN offers the following summary of the film: "The film will be set in 1966 and 1967 and cover the period in which Hendrix was discovered in a New York club by Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richard's then girlfriend Linda Keith. She subsequently introduced Hendrix to manager Chas Chandler who brought Hendrix to London in 1966, where he recorded his debut album "Are You Experienced" and had his first taste of success. Over that period 1966 to 67 Hendrix went on to formulate some of the greatest guitar-driven records ever made." Last week, over 7,000 guitarists broke the world record for "Largest Guitar Ensemble", playing a version of the Hendrix classic "Hey Joe" the record attempt took place at the Thanks Jimi Festival in Poland and was open to participants playing electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars. According to the Guardian newspaper, the film is the first Hendrix biopic to have been greenlit by the Hendrix estate of several that have been proposed in recent years. Previously, the Hendrix estate had taken issue with licensing the late musician's music. The news that "All Is By My Side" has been greenlit suggests that the Hendrix estate has either now relented or that film won't feature any Hendrix songs. The last time that the iconic musician's life was committed to film was in "Hendrix", a made for TV biopic of the guitarist released in 2000.

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    zalant
    ...suggests that the Hendrix estate has either now relented or that film wont feature any Hendrix songs.
    Hopefully, it's the former. I can't imagine a movie about a musician which doesn't have any of that person's music. He may have been an interesting character and Andre could do a fantastic job, but without the music, I don't really see much of a point.
    nailsarecruel
    He started transcending the limitations of "rapper" around the time Outkast released that double album with Hey Ya on it. I think he'll do a great job at at playing Hendrix.
    iommi600
    Wow, this guy is like a Jimi clone lost in time. Just need an afro and stoner eyes.
    duncang
    Never seen him act properly but he's got the right character and resemblance I think
    Human371
    nailsarecruel wrote: He started transcending the limitations of "rapper" around the time Outkast released that double album with Hey Ya on it. I think he'll do a great job at at playing Hendrix.
    I'd say even before that, but that album (Speakerboxx/The Love Below) was definitely a transcendent hip hop release.
    neversleeps84
    jhart08 wrote: At least its not lil wayne lol
    Ah, Lil Wayne. True story: Lil Wayne is actually a turd that came out of Notorious B.I.G's butthole when his bowels released upon death. Then Master P fed him biddy, and biddy made him strong.
    ffaf_kick_ass
    GREENWARRI0R wrote: I hate how the title has such a negative connotation to it.
    same. i feared it was gunna be someone dumb like 50 cent or eminem lol
    shwilly
    "Rapper To Play Hendrix In New Biopic" kinda sounds like "Comedian to run for president?" (a line which I read in some bullsh*t article on Al Franken) -> I mean, if he's been been in like 10 movies already I'd say it's fair to refer to him as an actor in this context I think Anthony Mackie from Hurt Locker would've been a more obvious choice, but who knows -> maybe it'll suck, maybe it won't. People thought Daniel Craig would make a horrible bond, shunned the idea of Jamie Foxx portraying Ray Charles and vowed to never watch that last Batman movie because Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker
    crissfoo06
    andre 3000 is a cool guy, and he does look like jimi. hope whatever it is, it's not shit.
    Eifler121
    zalant wrote: ...suggests that the Hendrix estate has either now relented or that film wont feature any Hendrix songs. Hopefully, it's the former. I can't imagine a movie about a musician which doesn't have any of that person's music. He may have been an interesting character and Andre could do a fantastic job, but without the music, I don't really see much of a point.
    They've done it before, whether successfully or not is up to you.
    JunKDepot
    well..i'm okay with all of this. Andre can actually act worth a damn and my be able pantomime playing a guitar convincingly, hell knowing him he may already know how to play guitar.
    rebreh
    Andre is a good choice because he is a really good musician and, in the few roles I've seen him in, a pretty good actor (although he mainly did supporting parts). He probablly will sing the songs. Good actors can sound like other singers. Remember when Jauquen Phoenix did Johnny Cash?
    Abacus11
    Andre 3000 is a really talented musician... much more than just a "rapper". I'm looking forward to seeing how he does playing Hendrix.
    Blew1
    [quote] This could be interesting, but I hope he doesn't try to sing any Hendrix songs[quote] Seeing how Hendrix was a singer and a guitarist and that this is a biopicof Jimi...I reckon he'll definetley be (or at least try) to sing like Jimi!
    guitarplayer292
    I've been thinking this for years, I think (provided no legal issues arise with the music or anything) that this could turn out to be pretty good.
    wylde1994
    He HAS to play the guitar left-handed, i'm probs not the only one but i'm really worried about this movie. Hendrix is my idol and if they don't do a good enough job i'm sure i wont be the only one who would be deeply upset
    link no1
    Was going to rage that a rapper was playing Hendrix... But that 'rapper' being Andre3000 changed my mind. Even if I never did consider him a 'rapper'.
    Absurder22
    Thank ****. I read that headline and was outraged as I thought it would be someone horrific, but Andre 3000 is worthy.
    bustapr
    he lookslike hendrix and his comedic pimp acting isnt half bad. but his voice wouldne really fit a hendrix song. his voice barely has any lows/bass in it.
    yearzero
    Honestly I expected the worst, but the likeness is uncanny. I'll stay tuned.
    DeanRedneck
    When I saw the headline, I was really hoping it was going to be Andre 3000. Probably the best person for the gig. The only movie I remember him in was "4 Brothers" and that was good. He really looks like Hendrix, as well.
    bobmarley_fan
    He did a good job as Coffee Black in Semi-Pro. Plus he looks a lot like Hendrix. I think it will be a good fit.
    DeanRedneck
    explosionate wrote: I guess all black people look the same to most of you posters. How do they look alike? They have similar facial hair...that's all I see. Am I crazy?...I'm not even black!
    It's mainly in that area of the face; not just the facial hair, but in the way they look in that area, which is what you tend to watch when people are talking.
    Tomo-J
    Andre is a very good actor that takes his job very seriously, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's already ona a diet and learning Jimi's stuff on guitar.
    wastedkitten
    Hopefully if he has to sing, it will be a dub of Jimi's actual voice. I don't mind Andre 3000, I think he could be okay for the part, just doesn't have the same voice at all
    scrymusic
    I cannot wait.. Andre is a musican and looks perfect. Just like Val in the Doors and Sasha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic that is also coming.
    jrodgers
    That 2000 made for TV movie "Hendrix" that's mentioned in this article? Terrible. Jimi is my favorite and even I couldn't even get through 20 minutes of that steaming turd of a movie. If Andre 3000 doesn't learn to at least LOOK like he's playing a guitar for this, and if they again aren't allowed to use actual Hendrix music, this movie will be s*** just the same.
    reignofrock
    I was ready to curse whoever got casted... But Andre is pretty awesome and quite fitting. So, good job casting person?
    thebigredjj10
    wylde1994 wrote: He HAS to play the guitar left-handed, i'm probs not the only one but i'm really worried about this movie. Hendrix is my idol and if they don't do a good enough job i'm sure i wont be the only one who would be deeply upset
    Why would you be upset? Even if it fails miserably, it doesn't change the original persons legacy one bit.
    deadlyminista
    I knew this was going to happen. I heard about it over a year ago. I really wanna see this.
    vppark2
    Ghost4119 wrote: To be honest, Redman looks ALOT like Hendrix
    i think Andre would make a better fit/role to do the job tho. and if he were to make music for the movie, then he'd def be better off than Redman.
    MrDo0m
    JunKDepot wrote: well..i'm okay with all of this. Andre can actually act worth a damn and my be able pantomime playing a guitar convincingly, hell knowing him he may already know how to play guitar.
    I'm looking forward to this too as Andre looks a lot like Jimi (except taller). Andre actually plays guitar though, no need for him to pantomime.
    I got the boot
    thelostroom15 wrote: He really looks like Jimi...except Jimi is more skinny
    That would be the drug abuse
    rebreh
    vppark2 wrote: Ghost4119 wrote: To be honest, Redman looks ALOT like Hendrix i think Andre would make a better fit/role to do the job tho. and if he were to make music for the movie, then he'd def be better off than Redman.
    Plus Redman is a really bad actor. Great rapper but "How High" was one of the worst movies ever
    chhang
    this aint new news. hes been said to be making the movie for well over 5 years, thats why andre learnt to play guitar years ago.
    Nethero
    meow1992 wrote: Lil Wayne would be a better fit..... BAZINGA!!!
    24 thumbs down? smh I can see a lot of people here don't know what bazinga means