One movie we have been looking forward to all summer is the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” with Chadwick Boseman, Tika Sumpter, and Nelsan Ellis as the lead actors. The three stars have been tapped for the cover of Ebony Magazine’s September 2014 Issue and we love it!
Offering up a double cover with lead actor Chadwick Boseman landing his own solo cover, Ebony Magazine sure went all out with a vintage Hollywood look for both covers. Chadwick has been getting plenty of praise for his portrayal of James Brown in the flick (which debuted at #2 at the box office).
Tika Sumpter, who plays a noticeable short role in the film, tells Ebony: “I wouldn’t take this time back at all. The talent here elevated my own and has done nothing but push me forward. For me, it’s not always just about the work; it’s also about the connection.”
Chadwick Boseman dished to EBONY about landing one of the biggest roles in his career so far. He was hesitant to even attempt to portray the legend, but he came around and he beat out 20 other actors for the role: “When my manager brought me the script, I didn’t even want to read it because I knew attempting to play James Brown would just be crazy…He was a complicated man, both good and bad. Once you understand the reasons for his dichotomy, it’s easier to grasp who he was.”
“True Blood” star Nelsan Ellis credits Boseman for being a “working machine” and wanting to keep up at his level: “I thought, ‘If I’m going to act opposite [Chad], I’ll need to prove myself worthy. You’ll see some of the best acting I’ve ever done on this last season of True Blood, and I owe that to Chad. I don’t know what people’s reactions will be, but I do want them to see a different side of my acting in this film.”
The September Issue of EBONY hits newsstands August 12 and you can read up on the full Chadwick Boseman interview Here and watch the movie trailer below: