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Old 06-29-2010, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Jimi Hendrix Biopic

Apart from a 1973 documentary about him, there has yet to be released a definitive biographical film about the life and career of Jimi Hendrix. We've had biopics of everyone from Morrison to Notorious. Why not this very famous musician, someone who has enough mythology and legend surrounding him to make for a great movie? Is it because of the Jimi Hendrix Foundation?
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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there was a made-for-tv biopic on him starring wood harris as Jimi made a while back. It was decent considering they couldn't use any of his original music. There have been talks of an official Jimi biopic for years but the experience hendrix company run by his 'sister' reject any script that has any drug scenes because apparantley she's a hardcore christian and is trying to clean up his 'sex, drugs, rock n roll' image
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pretty much, there have been a few biopics planned over the years but none ever made it all the way. Andre3000 from Outkast was the most recent candidate to star and that was in 2004. apparently Will Smith, Laurence Fishburn, and Eddie Murphy have all vied for the role in the past as well.

for whatever reasons, the Jimi Hendrix Foundation has consistently refused to allow the use of his music in a film of this nature.

i don't get it either.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I knew it had something to do with that. What are the chances that the foundation will either change its stance on this or that there will be some new ownership in the future?
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There hasn't even been a Biopic about Sinatra, one of the most influential artists that has more than enough mythology surrounding him.. Glad Scorsese is putting it right. I agree though, there definitely should be one about Hendrix. But there's probably a few biopics out there that haven't been done when they should.
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There was talk a few years back about Prince playing him as he would actually play the guitar parts and then they would reverse the images as Jimi was left handed. Sounds a technical nightmare but Prince is one mean guitar player.
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Yeah I wouldn't want Prince as an actor.

But he would at least be a good choice for dubbing the guitar parts, though having the actor be someone who can actually play the guitar would add to the authenticity.

Still they would want someone with star power so if it ever gets made it will probably be a high profile african american actor. Will Smith wouldn't be a bad choice, he's a really good actor actually. He's a little old for the role but compared to the aforementioned actors he looks like he could pass for being in his 20s and he's the closest to Hendrix in physical resemblance.

If they picked Eddie Murphy I wouldn't be able to control myself.
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Still they would want someone with star power so if it ever gets made it will probably be a high profile african american actor. Will Smith wouldn't be a bad choice, he's a really good actor actually. He's a little old for the role but compared to the aforementioned actors he looks like he could pass for being in his 20s and he's the closest to Hendrix in physical resemblance.
If you can handle him sampling the fuck out of a bunch of Hendrix tunes to make the obligatory tie in pop song.

Plus I think he's a shit actor.
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They should use Prince as a stunt double, but instead of stunts... guitars. Is there anyone actually trying to get this project into motion?
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They should use Prince as a stunt double, but instead of stunts... guitars. Is there anyone actually trying to get this project into motion?
I don't think it will go ahead in any 'official' capacity which is a shame because apart from the obvious excess of his time in 60's London you have early life as a session musician etc and it could be a fantastic film if it was done right.
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