Andre 3000 was scared to play Jimi Hendrix

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2014
Andre 3000

Andre 3000

Andre 3000 has revealed he found it "scary" playing Jimi Hendrix in biopic 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' because he's not "on a level" with the legendary musician

Andre 3000 found it "scary" playing Jimi Hendrix.

The 'Hey Ya!' hitmaker - who is part of chart-topping duo Outkast - admitted he was nervous portraying the legendary musician in the biopic 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'.

Speaking at a press conference, Andre said: "It was scary. People ask me about what it was like trying to find the essence of Hendrix, and I don't know if I actually nailed it. I just know that John [Ridley; the film's writer and director] said, 'Whatever you do, just own it.'

"We have to be honest, we're doing trickery. I will never be Hendrix. It's my interpretation of it. I just tried my best. I can't say that I'm on a level with Hendrix."

The musician-and-actor drew on his own musical background to try and get a better understanding of Jimi - who died in 1970 at the age of just 27 - as man.

Andre - real name Andre Benjamin - said: "There are certain crossing points, in our careers, where I could agree. I know what it's like to be a nervous artist. I know what it's like to grow as an artist.

"I know what it's like to want full freedom in what you're doing. I know what it's like to want to fully throw yourself into music, and to look cool while you're doing it.

"There are points that we can agree on, but I don't know him, in that way. I know him as much as you know him. I probably just read a little bit more than you to get into the role."

All is by My Side

  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • UK/Ireland
  • 1h 56min
  • Directed by: John Ridley
  • Cast: André Benjamin Hayley Atwell, Burn Gorman
  • UK release: 8 August 2014

In 1966, Jimi Hendrix (Benjamin), struggling backup musician, explodes onto the London rock scene. Benjamin immerses himself in the title role and deserved a better film. With the Hendrix estate denying the use of his music, excessive camera trickery and a too-old cast, it may be groovy purple bell bottoms, but it's still…

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