Movie’s no whitewash, producer Jagger promises
By EDNA GUNDERSON Gannett News Service August 1, 2014 6:02PM
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Producer and musician Mick Jagger attends the 'Get On Up' premiere at The Apollo Theater on July 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 500809241
Updated: September 2, 2014 6:13AM
Mick Jagger copped plenty of moves from James Brown, and the similarities don’t end there.
“James was definitely one of those guys with super drive and energy,” Jagger, 71, says of the late Godfather of Soul. “He never left the audience bored. He gave his best in every show.”
Early in his career, the singer was inspired by Brown’s footwork and vocal chops. When “Get On Up” hit his doorstep, Jagger jumped.
A producer of the project through his Jagged Films, he’s thrilled with the results: a music-driven non-linear depiction of Brown’s ascent from poverty and abuse to global acclaim.
“It’s not so unconventional that it puts you off, and it’s not a whitewash but not too negative,” he says. “And the music really sounds great.”
“Get On Up” revisits Brown’s milestone 1963 Apollo Theater gig and 1964’s legendary “T.A.M.I. Show” in Santa Monica, Calif., where Brown upstaged the Stones after complaining about his lower spot on the bill.
“That’s a little poetic license,” Jagger says of a scene showing the nervous rockers in the wings as Soul Brother No. 1 steals the show. Jagger says he didn’t watch Brown, but he does recall Brown stewing about not headlining. “It was a mainstream breakthrough, very important for him.”