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Universal Pictures’ held the official press conference for James Brown biopic GET ON UP this past week in New York City. Chadwick Boseman the guy who plays James Brown talks openly about the role and Jill Scott shares her memories of the God Father of Soul.

Check it out below.

Lucky members of the press received the opportunity to interview the films cast including 42 star Chadwick Boseman, Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer, Grammy Award winning artist Jill Scott, True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis, Rolling Stones founding member Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor, actor Dan Aykroyd and producer Brian Grazer.

Chadwick Boseman explains that it wasn’t easy playing James Brown. He shares candidly,

 “60% of my fear was from the dancing, 30% of it was just the caricatures that have been projected of him and just trying to get past what people think they know.”

Jill Scott and Mick Jagger talk about their first time hearing James Brown and how it made them feel. As a musician you remember the first time hearing the greats. Jill Scott shares,

“I remember something in me stood a little bit higher, I puffed my chest out when listening to that song,” says Scott after hearing ‘I’m Black and I’m Proud’ for the first time.

Mick Jagger shared,

“The ‘Live At the Apollo’ Album was my kind of real introduction into James Brown, I loved every tune in it.”

Check out the “Get On Up” trailer below:

GET ON UP Releases in Theaters Nationwide on August 1, 2014

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