NPD officers work overtime for ‘Get On Up’ movie

Published 12:11am Saturday, March 15, 2014

NATCHEZ — Natchez police officers racked up 549 hours and approximately $11,000 in overtime pay assisting with traffic control and road closures during the filming of the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.”

Police Chief Danny White said 26 officers worked 549 hours, mainly handling traffic control during road closures for filming.

Mayor Butch Brown reported to the Board of Aldermen Thursday that “Get On Up” officials had paid for half of the overtime pay as previously arranged.

Movie officials, Brown said, have also made payments on a $7,500 bill for repairs to sidewalks at Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center damaged during filming.

“It was nothing big, just some big trucks that knocked some concrete off; it’s all been fixed,” he said.

The city also donated an office upstairs in the Natchez City Council Chambers for film crewmembers to use.

Brown said the city was happy to accommodate the needs of the film.

“I think anything we could do helped show the studio that the city wanted them here,” he said.

The film was shot in nearly two months in Natchez and Jackson, and Brown said he has received positive comments about the film from officials across the country while on recent trips to Washington, D.C.

“I must have had a dozen or two (dozen) people comment on the movie when they would hear I was from Natchez,” he said.

The film, directed by Mississippian and “The Help” director Tate Taylor, stars “42” actor Chadwick Boseman as “The Godfather of Soul.”

The film is set for release Aug. 1.