Andre Benjamin didn't get hight to prepare for role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 October 2014
Andre Benjamin

Andre Benjamin

Andre Benjamin insists his preparation for the role of a young Jimi Hendrix didn't just involve him getting high

Andre Benjamin didn't prepare for the role of Jimi Hendrix just by "getting high".

The Outkast star - also know as Andre 3000 - portrays the famous rocker during his early years in the upcoming biopic 'Jimi: All By My Side' and claims that although he's received criticism for taking on the role of a 20-something at the age of 37, he thinks it benefited the film.

Explaining that his maturity helped him to interpret Jimi with more subtlety, Andre said: "I wasn't thinking I could pull it off by just getting high, you know?"

He added to The Sunday Times newspaper: "I think there should be hundreds of Hendrix movies, because there are so many stories to tell...We were just doing a different kind of thing."

Meanwhile, the now 39-year-old star - who has son Seven Sirius, 16, with the singer Erykah Bafdu - admits his personality means he's gone through many different phases in life.

He shared: "Well, I'm a Gemini, so there have been times in my life when I've gone there, and I've done drugs. Then I've been a strict vegan, or vegetarian, for a couple of years. It's that dichotomy you know? I guess you could just call it being a human."

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