The new Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, apparently to rave reviews.
Actually, its star — Andre 3000 of Outkast, who reportedly practiced the guitar six hours a day to prep for the film — is receiving most of the glory.
(As a matter of fact, former Guns N’ Roses member Slash, who is an acclaimed guitarist and songwriter in his own right, claims if any musician was going to get away with portraying another musician in a film, Andre 3000 was the guy for Jimi Hendrix.)
Although Jimi: All Is By My Side covers only a brief period of Hendrix’s life — 1966-1967 — Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) claims that makes the pic more intimate — a “slice of life” — and says he was blessed to have Andre take on the role:
I’ll say this: I was blessed, because I got a musician who can act and an actor who could play. Andre is just a unique talent, and part of that talent that you see also came from a lot of hard work. The first time I met him, he had a curiosity about the world that was equal to what I believe Jimi’s curiosity about music and the world was at that time in his life. He’s got the physicality, he’s got the emotional curiosity, he’s got the charisma — so to a degree, he’s already there.
Some of you might identify Hendrix with the infamous 27 Club: a group of artists — mostly incredibly talented — who died at the age of 27. Although Hendrix’s cause of death has been speculated, the official (or, unofficial, depending on your sources) report states he died from asphyxiation while intoxicated with barbiturates.
Jimi: All Is By My Side has an August 8, 2014 release date; currently, no US release date has been announced. See an official clip at Rolling Stone.
How about you, readers? Any Hendrix fans in the house? Looking forward to the movie?