VIDEO: True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Talks About ‘Get On Up’

August 9, 2014

From Lafayette to Bobby Byrd in the Latest James Brown Movie:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodNelsan Ellis may be leaving HBO’s True Blood behind but has managed to walk straight into an iconic movie part; that of playing Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Originally though, Nelsan auditioned for the main role of James Brown:

I originally was supposed to audition for James Brown, but it’s funny because I called Tate and I was like “I don’t know which character I like more, James Brown or Bobby Byrd.” In my heart of hearts I knew I liked Bobby Byrd more. For some reason I had a connection to him. I auditioned for James Brown. It went alright but he came back to me and said “You’re not right for James Brown, but we all agree that you look like Bobby Byrd.” They offered me Bobby. It was meant to be.

Synopsis:

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor

Writers: Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd

You can also view a video interview Nelsan recently did with EuroWeb below:

Sources: Euroweb – Jill Scott and Nelsan Ellis Share Favorite Scenes From ‘Get On Up’ (Watch)

Men’s Journal – Nelsan Ellis Bares His Soul

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Win Tickets to the Latest Nelsan Ellis Movie!

July 23, 2014

Nelsan Ellis is Set to Star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, there are only five episodes left of their favorite vampire show. This means they are eagerly lining up to watch anything they can find that contains True Blood cast members. If you’re a Lafayette Reynolds fan, than look no further! The actor who plays Lala, Nelsan Ellis, is set to star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up (Universal Pictures). The movie will be released on August 1st 2014. But for all you fans who live in South Florida, there is the chance to win tickets to the advanced screening of this fantastic movie. Check out the details below from Flick Direct:

Simply enter by tweeting (using the button below) and following FlickDirect on twitter. All names will be entered into a drawing for two complimentary tickets to see the advance screening of GET ON UP in West Palm Beach, FL.

Contest ends July 26, 2014. For more information please visit the GET ON UP movie page on FlickDirect.com or the official website at http://www.getonupmovie.com.

Also, if you own an iPhone/Android or iPad, be sure to download the Movie Hype app to have your device countdown with you until GET ON UP is released in theaters.

HE BROKE RULES. HE BROKE BARRIERS. HE SHOOK THE WORLD. FROM THE DIRECTOR OF “THE HELP.” CHADWICK BOSEMAN, NELSAN ELLIS, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE VIOLA DAVIS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER OCTAVIA SPENCER STAR IN “GET ON UP” (THE JAMES BROWN STORY). ON AUGUST 1ST, FEEL THE FUNK.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Rated PG-13. Winners will be contacted by their twitter account to provide address information.

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis stars in the James Brown Story. Get On Up

Let us know how you go with this competition by commenting below!

Source: Flick Direct – Win a Complimentary Pass to See an Advance Screening of Universal Pictures’ GET ON UP

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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Cast in James Brown Movie

October 22, 2013

Nelsan to Play Bobby Byrd in Get On Up:

Nelsan Ellis Stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood

Fans of Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s True Blood will still be able to get their Nelsan Ellis fix after the show finishes next year. Deadline has revealed he has been cast as Bobby Byrd in the newest James Brown biopic entitled Get On Up. Bobby Byrd was James Brown’s long time friend as well as his musical collaborator, so fans will get to see quite a bit of Nelsan Ellis in this role.

The movie is being directed by Tate Taylor for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger will be producing and the lead role of James Brown will be played by Chadwick Boseman.

Filming begins in November in Mississippi but no release date has been set as yet.

Who is excited to see Nelsan Ellis in this movie? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Deadline – ‘True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Gets Key Role In James Brown Pic ‘Get On Up’

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