See Outkast’s Andre 3000 as Hendrix in clip from upcoming biopic
Benjamin, who as you can see bears a startling resemblance to Jimi, spent months practicing guitar left-handed for six hours a day in order to step into the late guitarist’s Cuban heels.
Speaking to Billboard, the film’s producer Danny Bramson explained:
“I found a really patient teacher and put together a regimen for Andre when he came out to Los Angeles. He sat in a small studio, six hours a day, putting in dedication to play left-handed.”
Bramson, director John Ridley, and Benjamin himself were all unanimous in believing it was important to make the guitar-playing in the film believable.
“We didn’t want to have the camera cropped on his face and not the guitar,” said Bramson. “He kept working in a rehearsal room throughout the production.”
While Benjamin, who Bramson called “the one and only” choice to play Jimi, handles the onscreen guitar playing, to record the actual guitar music for the soundtrack, the producers turned to Waddy Wachtel, a veteran session-man who’s played with Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, and Warren Zevon among others.
So how’d Andre 3000 do with the guitar playing? Not sure as no clips of him in action on Hendrix’s iconic upside down strat have yet been released. However the rapper who has previous experience as an actor looks to have nailed Jimi’s look and mannerisms spot on judging by this newly-released clip.
Andrew Buckley also looks a dead ringer for Chas Chandler, the Animals bassist who first discovered Hendrix and brought him to London.
Jimi: All Is by My Side will premier at SXSW this week and receive a general theatrical release in June.