Writer/director Ridley was the one that got him to do the project in the first place. Benjamin had his doubts – everything from the accent to the fact that Hendrix was left-handed and Benjamin is not. They were going to flip the images in production but Benjamin ultimately overcame his reservations and plays left-handed in the film.
“John Ridley is amazing. He’s pretty much the backbone of this whole project. He came down to Atlanta and said he wanted me to play it. I could see how badly he wanted to do it and he kind of whipped me into shape.”
Jimi: All Is By My Side, which has received great reviews thus far, heads to theaters on Friday.
Andre Benjamin Talks End of OutKast and Hendrix Biopic was originally published on blackamericaweb.com