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First photos of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix hit the Internet

05.29.2012

Just a couple of weeks ago we posted news that Andre Benjamin of Outkast would be starring in a biopic about Jimi Hendrix. Today, we have the first photos of him in character as the rock and roll legend in ALL IS BY MY SIDE.

While the resemblance is uncanny, it is still unknown whether or not Benjamin will sing or lip sync to the classic Hendrix songs. That will also depend on whether or not the production will have the rights to any of the Hendrix music. The late guitarist's estate has been notoriously difficult when it comes to licensing. A movie about a musician that does not have any of the music that made them famous would be a pretty lackluster film.

ALL IS BY MY SIDE will focus on Hendrix's career in London beginning in 1966 as he worked on his classic debut, Are You Experienced?

What do you think of Andre 3000 in character as Hendrix? Does it work for you or fall short?

Source: Daily Mail

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3:21PM on 05/30/2012

Blegh.

Considering the Hendrix Estate has already said this movie also doesn't have their blessing and will not receive any of the song rights required to make a movie like this work, I declare Mr. 3000 and company dead on arrival.

Plus he doesn't look like Jimmy. He looks like Andre 3000 with a big wig on his head.
Considering the Hendrix Estate has already said this movie also doesn't have their blessing and will not receive any of the song rights required to make a movie like this work, I declare Mr. 3000 and company dead on arrival.

Plus he doesn't look like Jimmy. He looks like Andre 3000 with a big wig on his head.
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11:26AM on 05/30/2012
Looks like any guy off the street bought a wig and second hand clothes for Halloween. I'm not a biopic guy. You could take my 10 FAVORITE artists/bands of all time and I'd probably not be interested in seeing a film about them.
Looks like any guy off the street bought a wig and second hand clothes for Halloween. I'm not a biopic guy. You could take my 10 FAVORITE artists/bands of all time and I'd probably not be interested in seeing a film about them.
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6:19AM on 05/30/2012
BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA! "While the resemblance is uncanny..."? That's hilarious. Just brightened up my day!
BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA! "While the resemblance is uncanny..."? That's hilarious. Just brightened up my day!
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3:02AM on 05/30/2012

Castin' couch

As this film is being shot here in Dublin I shall spend today trying to find the shoot, and get myself cast as a 'hanger-on'.
As this film is being shot here in Dublin I shall spend today trying to find the shoot, and get myself cast as a 'hanger-on'.
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10:17PM on 05/29/2012
Please tell me his name on the poster will not be Andre 3000.
Please tell me his name on the poster will not be Andre 3000.
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8:42PM on 05/29/2012
The picture looks more like Dave Chappelle trying to be Andre Benjamin trying to be Jimi Hendrix than Andre trying to be Jimi.
The picture looks more like Dave Chappelle trying to be Andre Benjamin trying to be Jimi Hendrix than Andre trying to be Jimi.
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8:20PM on 05/29/2012
dude looks like young James Brown!

But really, biopics of legends usually aren't good/interesting, because everyone knows about their lives already...and if they decide to focus on the "unknown" side of their lives, no one gives a sh*t. Of course there are exceptions, but for every The Doors exists a JFK/Ali/Nixon
dude looks like young James Brown!

But really, biopics of legends usually aren't good/interesting, because everyone knows about their lives already...and if they decide to focus on the "unknown" side of their lives, no one gives a sh*t. Of course there are exceptions, but for every The Doors exists a JFK/Ali/Nixon
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8:17PM on 05/29/2012
This could be awesome!
This could be awesome!
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6:46PM on 05/29/2012
Guess I'm not a big biopic person, because this has zero interset for me
Guess I'm not a big biopic person, because this has zero interset for me
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6:14PM on 05/29/2012

As ignorant as this may initially sound...

...I feel like they should use a bit of light makeup on him to give his skin a fairer complexion, because Andre is definitely much darker-skinned than Jimi was. He looks good otherwise though. Talented guy. Hope Outkast reunites soon and puts out a record!
...I feel like they should use a bit of light makeup on him to give his skin a fairer complexion, because Andre is definitely much darker-skinned than Jimi was. He looks good otherwise though. Talented guy. Hope Outkast reunites soon and puts out a record!
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5:39PM on 05/29/2012

Overall I'm keen on Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix...

... what gives me pause is the fact that this script came out around the same time as another Hendrix biopic script titled "Jimi", and as a huge fan and avid script reader I devoured them both and "Jimi" was exponentially better in every single way (I even teared up while reading it), but due to it's unapologetic look at Hendrix's dad the family won't sign the rights to get it in production. I have high hopes for this film and hope Andrea's performance will blow me away, but I can't get rid of
... what gives me pause is the fact that this script came out around the same time as another Hendrix biopic script titled "Jimi", and as a huge fan and avid script reader I devoured them both and "Jimi" was exponentially better in every single way (I even teared up while reading it), but due to it's unapologetic look at Hendrix's dad the family won't sign the rights to get it in production. I have high hopes for this film and hope Andrea's performance will blow me away, but I can't get rid of the bitter taste knowing that a far better movie is sitting on a shelve somewhere collecting dust.
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5:30PM on 05/29/2012
Looking forward to hear Purple Glaze and Hey Schmoe.
Looking forward to hear Purple Glaze and Hey Schmoe.
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4:15PM on 05/29/2012
The photographs make it look like one of the more amazing transformations into character that I've seen. I am a fan of Benjamin's acting, but musical biopics can be one of the hardest things to do well. And if I'm gonna shell out the money to see this thing, as a fan of the late guitarist, it better be done well.
The photographs make it look like one of the more amazing transformations into character that I've seen. I am a fan of Benjamin's acting, but musical biopics can be one of the hardest things to do well. And if I'm gonna shell out the money to see this thing, as a fan of the late guitarist, it better be done well.
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4:01PM on 05/29/2012
He's got the look, but we'll see if he has the chops.
He's got the look, but we'll see if he has the chops.
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5:05PM on 05/29/2012
Agreed. I looks great, but can the guy act?
Agreed. I looks great, but can the guy act?
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