Mick Jagger praises 'amazing' Chadwick Boseman
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 November 2014
Sir Mick Jagger has praised 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman for his portrayal of the late musician James Brown, explaining that his performance is "brilliant"
Sir Mick Jagger claims Chadwick Boseman is "amazing" as James Brown in the singer's biopic 'Get On Up'.
The 71-year-old Rolling Stones rocker co-produced the movie and praised the young actor for his portrayal of the late musician - who passed away on Christmas Day 2006 - admitting that they turned down many established stars from the stage in favour of the actor.
He gushed: "He's amazing. The film wouldn't be any good if it wasn't for his brilliant performance. He has to carry the whole thing and does fantastically well.
"I mean he's not a performer coming from Broadway even though we looked at Broadway performers.
The 37-year-old actor was cast in the lead role following a breakthrough portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the 2013 baseball movie '42', a decision which the 'Paint It Black' singer confessed was a risky move.
He added: "Casting the lead role is super important and everyone has to agree on it. It was still a gamble but I think it really paid off."
The musician - who recently hit the headlines after attempting to claim compensation for the death of his long-term partner L'Wren Scott - now seems to have taken to filmmaking, and has already started working on another project which will focus on the early life of 'Jailhouse Rock' singer, Elvis Presley.
He said: "I'm also working on an Elvis thing I got asked to do because I was doing the James Brown film. I've been pigeon-holed!
"I was a huge Elvis fan and like his early stuff, obviously. Elvis had a very weird life but this is more an adolescent story. The early, early days."