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

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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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’

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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