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Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

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Andre Benjamin in Jimi: All Is By My Side

Details Limited Release: Sep 26, 2014; Rated: R; Length: 118 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Andre Benjamin, Burn Gorman and Hayley Atwell; Distributor: XLrator Media

Writer-director John Ridley's biopic of guitar great Jimi Hendrix eschews the typical cradle-to-grave format, focusing on the year leading up to Hendrix's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. ''The excitement was in avoiding what was expected,'' says Ridley, who cast André Benjamin in the role despite the OutKast frontman's limited acting experience. ''André had so many traits of Jimi—humble, thoughtful, introspective,'' says Ridley, an Oscar winner for his 12 Years a Slave script. ''The way he embodies Jimi is unbelievable.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints

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