Last summer, before an inch of film was ever shot on the set in Mississippi, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in 42
met up with the director of The Help
in Atlanta; they rented a car and road tripped it together to Augusta. Getting the most minute details of James Brown’s life right was a top priority for Get on Up
director Tate Taylor and actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays The Godfather of Soul in the new biopic, which opens in theaters August 1. With the tsunami of lawsuits and arguments that swirled after the soul pioneer’s 2006 Christmas Day death in Atlanta, it probably didn’t hurt to have the support of the Brown estate either.