Thursday, September 25, 2014

On Andre Benjamin in 'Jimi: All Is by My Side'

I was quite taken by Jimi: All Is by My Side when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Though flawed, it was a honest attempt to try new things with the conventional rock-biopic format. But watching the film again recently, I was struck by the fact that this Hendrix biopic is less about Hendrix than it is about its star. That would be Andre Benjamin -- or, as he's known in Outkast, Andre 3000.

Benjamin has mostly shied away from music in the last decade, and his acting career never quite took off. Jimi allows him to show off his dramatic chops, but it can also be read as a sort of self-portrait, which makes this film all the more fascinating. I dig into all of that over at Deadspin.