Here are the first images of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix.
When I first heard Andre 3000 would play Jimi Hendrix in a new bio-pic, I thought, Perfect. I don’t think anyone else could do it. I have read a few comments on film boards today saying Andre 3000 looks nothing like Jimi Hendrix. Give him a break. It’s pretty damn close.
Nobody looks exactly like anyone in a bio-pic. J. Edgar Hoover has been portrayed by 20 guys from Bob Hoskins, to Kelsey Grammar to Leonardo DiCaprio. The real question will be, does Andre 3000 have Jimi Hendrix mannerisms down, his speech pattern and his charisma? Can he play the guitar the way Jimi did? Not from a talent perspective, Jimi was the greatest ever, but can he look like Jimi while he is doing it.
There are new Bio-Pic’s that come out every year and while watching some of them, you get lost in the film and forget the actor isn’t the real person. Meryl Streep as The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, is a perfect example. Halfway through the film, Streep was Thatcher. De Niro was Jake La Motta, Hoffman was Capote, Denzel Washington was Malcolm X, and Sean Pean was Harvey Milk. Not because all those actors looked exactly like the real people they were portraying, but because they embodied them with their great acting ability.
I don’t know if Andre 3000 is a great actor or not. He was okay in Semi-Pro and pretty good in Four Brothers. But I know one thing, this part is taylormade. Eminem was great in 8 Mile because he knew the character. That’s not to say Eminem is a great actor. Andre 3000 has been talking about this bio-Pic for ten years. He is meticulous in the studio, why wouldn’t he be meticulous about portraying his idol, Jimi Hendrix? I bet he has watch EVERY shred of video ever filmed of the guy. I bet he has rewatched all that video multiple times over many years.
You always have to remember to think of a film through the lens. You hear actors say it all the time, “I didn’t know how that scene would turn out and when I saw it in the theater, I was amazed. ”
Filmmakers use angles and add smoke and ambience and change the colors in post. I will bet money that when you first see Andre 3000 through the smoke of a joint in this new bio-pic, you will think, he looks just like Jimi Hendrix.
Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix
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