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More (Clearer) On-Set Photos Of Andre 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In "All Is By My Side"

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 14, 2012 12:10 PM
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Still now word on what will be done about the Experience Hendrix, LLC music rights matter, with regards to the film.

Soon after the official confirmation that the project was a go, representatives of Jimi Hendrix's estate weighed in on plans for Andre 3000's upcoming biopic of the guitar legend, accusing the filmmakers of moving forward with the project without their official permission. Specifically, the producers do not have the right to use any of the musician's songs. 

But that hasn't stalled the film's production, as you can see from the pics within this post (and others I posted a few weeks ago).

Titled All Is By My Side, the film will follow Hendrix’s years in England, from 1966 to 1967, when he put together his debut album, Are You Experienced.

John Ridley is directing from his own screenplay. 

So does this Andre 3000 project not plan on using any of Hendrix's music? Although I don't see how that would happen, given that the film's focus will center on the making of Hendrix's first album, so it kinda has to include some of his music, doesn't it? 

As for Andre as Jimi, I may be in the minority when I say that I'm very uneasy; hopeful, but concerned for how this is going to turn out. I've seen 3 of his performances - in Idlewild, Four Brothers, and Be Cool - and there's really nothing about any of them that's enough to make me feel less ambivalent about his ability to successfully embody Jimi Hendrix on film. 

And no, just because there may be a slight resemblance means little to me. He does still have to put on a convincing performance.

This is a one-shot deal. But I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Some much clearer on-set images of Andre as Jimi have surfaced on the web, and are included within this post, above and below.

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  • Ava | June 15, 2012 8:40 AMReply

    I'm reading comments about this Hendrix bio-pic but I'm also rejoicing that that rumored Bob Marley bio-pic that was being floated around about 10-12 years ago NEVER got of the Ground! Hallelujah! Can you imagine? Natty Dread starring Lenny Kravitz... I love Lenny and all but Nyet, no!! I've seen some great bio-pics (some of which were mentioned here) but most of them, I spent too much time marveling (or laughing) at how little the actor could pull off the famous character.

  • Emmett Period | June 14, 2012 4:04 PMReply

    I still love Wood Harris as Jimi in 2000

  • CareyCarey | June 14, 2012 8:13 PM

    Comments from Yahoo--> Title and opening sentence: Actors Transformed Into Musicians
    With Outkast's Andre 3000's upcoming role as the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, we were floored to see just how much the two artists can look alike with a little styling. Striking, right? Comments: "Dre'3K couldn't even grow out the mustache?" ... "He's dressed like him, but I don't see where he looks like him at all?"... "Heck, the cover pic on the Y! front page looked more like Ice-T than Andre 3000"... "the Hair maybe,,, but Hell to the NOOOOOOOOOO"... "Not even close"... "had to read the comments, i thought i needed new glasses...!!!! they dont look alike and that is with makeup !"... "I look more like Hendrix than he does and I'm white"... "I'm with LarryB, he looks more like Sammy Davis Jr. if he were on Laugh-in"... "And I look JUST like Brad Pitt!!!"... "Jamie Fox as Ray Charles, Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, and Angela Bassett as Tina Turner were the only actors that look like who they are supposed to be. The Jimmi Hendrix actor doesn't look like him. I'm not sold. I hope he can act".

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    Very good actor but looks even less like Jimi than Andre does. Plus if you need wigs/fake hair to have any chance of looking the part you shouldn't even be hired in the first place, not even for a low budget cable flick.

  • Helluva | June 14, 2012 7:25 PM

    I agree Emmett...

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 14, 2012 1:10 PMReply

    So. Not. Jimi. And, damn, is John Ridley the only working black screenwriter in Hollywood? After Red Tails I'd be worried about this and Twelve Years.

  • Nemesis | June 14, 2012 1:08 PMReply

    I don't know... Not great, perhaps, but he's an OK actor, which can be said for most Hollywood actors. However, with regard to not using Hendrix's original music, this is probably where 3000's talent for music will come in use. I don't know, are the rules for performing/imitating a song as strict as using the original music? Would the filmmakers need permission for this? After all, it's a story about the man's life (or a slice of his life), not a music video, so all 3000 needs to do is be seen to be creating music that sounds like Hendrix's amidst the unfolding drama of his life at that period - something I'm guessing 3000 can do with relative ease. No need for a whole album of songs or anything.

  • Donella | June 15, 2012 11:47 AM

    That's a thought. Andre 300 performing original Jimi Hendrix-style music. I believe he's talented and creative enough to do that. Would be a nice original album tie-in.

  • JMac | June 14, 2012 8:46 PM

    If they imitate the sound to the point you (the audience) think it could be Hendrix that would still be a legal issue. That supposed loophole has been tried before with devastating results.

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