James Brown movie featured in national mediaPublished 12:06am Saturday, March 8, 2014
NATCHEZ — The James Brown biopic recently filmed in Natchez is receiving national attention, and officials say that attention will help shine the spotlight on Natchez.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, “Get On Up” director and Jackson native Tate Taylor and actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrays Brown in the film, appeared on a segment of the TODAY Show this week promoting the film.
Behind-the-scenes footage of filming at the Natchez City Auditorium for a concert scene also appeared on the show.
“Get On Up” was also recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Entertainment Weekly magazine and the television show Entertainment Tonight.
The film will chronicle the life of the “The Godfather of Soul” from the time Brown was nearly 5 years old in 1938 until he was about 60 in 1993.
Any publicity “Get On Up” is receiving is publicity for Natchez, Tourism Director Connie Taunton said.
“It can help us bring visitors here by people seeing that it was filmed in Natchez and wanting to come here to see for themselves,” Taunton said.
The CVB is working on creating a tour with an accompanying map that will allow tourists to visit the various locations used for the film, which include the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center, Dunleith, the Natchez-Adams County Airport and more.
Mississippi Film Office Director Ward Emling said any national attention “Get On Up” receives helps promote Mississippi as a place to make movies.
“(The coverage is) all good,” Emling said. “It raises our profile as a place for filmmakers.”
The film is set for release in August.
“Get On Up” also stars Dan Aykroyd, who is renowned for his roles in “The Blues Brothers” and “Ghostbusters,” as Ben Bart, the president of the agency that represented Brown for decades.
Jill Scott, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, will play the part of Brown’s second wife, Deidre “Deedee” Jenkins.
Craig Robinson, best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on the NBC sitcom “The Office,” stars as Maceo Parker, a funk and soul saxophonist who played with Brown in the 1960s.
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both starred in “The Help,” also have roles in the film.