James Brown movie hitting theaters in August

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News 12 6pm /Friday, March 14, 2014


Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- The life of Augusta's own James Brown will hit the big screen this summer.

The Godfather of Soul had a life full of up and downs and now everyone will have a chance to live it through the movie, Get On Up.

News 12 talked to family and friends who hope the movie is a box office hit and what it will mean to James Brown's legacy.

"This is a man's world," is the lyric to one of James Brown's songs and now the whole world will have a chance to know him a little better, through a movie hitting theaters in August.

Get On Up will take movie-goer's from James Brown's childhood all the way to the big time. And while many here in his hometown are excited-- some say one thing will be missing.

"I think Mr. Brown would be very disappointed that the movie wasn't filmed in Augusta," said James Riles aka JR.

JR was a close friend to James Brown--so close that the king of funk even gave him a shout during one of his interviews with News 12.

"I thank God, I thank Mr. JR Riles," he said.

Brown credits Riles with getting 9th street named after him-- but Riles wants everyone to give credit where it's due.

"Out of all the things people criticize James Brown, the news media. You never heard of James Brown retaliating on anybody," Riles said.

And it's not just friends talking about the godfather of soul's new movie--family is reacting too

"It's going to highlight parts of his life," said Deanna Brown Thomas.

Brown Thomas is James Brown's daughter. She says parts of the movie are not pretty, but that's life.

"There's going to be some good, some bad, and some ugly, but that's what made him the godfather or soul James Brown," she said.

Jason Brown is Brown's grandson and he also worked on the film. He says at times he even had to do a double take on the lead actor.

"I would stare for a second. Of course he's a bit taller, however the make up put me in the same situation as when I remembered him," he said.

And while Chadwick Boseman may favor James Brown, JR says the best can never be duplicated.

"Once you went to a James Brown show you had something to talk about for the rest of the year," Riles told News 12.

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