Bringing James Brown's Politics to Screen

July 31, 2014 6:00 AM

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The director and the star of 'Get On Up' discuss capturing James Brown's complicated politics.

In a scene of the new James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” the Godfather of Soul, played by Chad Boseman, complains to his manager, Ben Bart (Dan Akroyd), about the heat he is getting from the Black Panthers for visiting the White House and "kissing up to the man.” On the one hand, Brown’s “Say It Loud –...

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