The Billboard Cover Story - Jagger's James Brown: Mick Rates Other Music Biopics

With Get On Up under his belt and the Elvis film Last Train to Memphis in the works, producer Mick Jagger has some sharp insights on how his fellow musicians are portrayed on film.

Amadeus (1984)

Nominated for 11 Oscars; winner of eight (including best picture)

"I saw it the other day on TV. It really held up well. And it was very crazy the way it was put together. That wasn't normal, the way it's shot. But it still held up. It had absolutely brilliant performances."

Walk the Line (2005)

Nominated for five Oscars; winner of one (best actress for Reese Witherspoon)

"It was quite a good movie … It's not like [Chadwick Boseman is playing] a country singer that stands there playing the guitar. I think that's a bit easier than playing James Brown. You know what I mean?"

Ray (2004)

Nominated for six Oscars; winner of two (including best actor for Jamie Foxx)

"It's somewhat similar but Get On Up has different ways of telling the story. It comes at it from a different angle. I think Ray is more of a linear story, and there's nothing wrong with that."


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