Separating fact from fiction in 'Get On Up'

News 12 at 6 o' clock/ July 25, 2014

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- James Brown made a trip home to Augusta on the silver screen Thursday night. Local writer and James Brown biographer Don Rhodes says the movie was fantastic, but there were definitely embellishments.

"The biggest thing that jumped out to me was the Augusta to North Augusta car chase. That was blown way out of proportion," he says.

The scene in the movie shows Brown on a country road, wrecking into cop cars with shots flyng. They say the car chase happened after Brown fired shots in his office building. Rhodes says, tha's not entirely true.

"The gun never went off in the office," he says. News 12 covered the incident that led to the car chase back in 1988. Police said Brown was under the influence of drugs and upset that people used his restroom.

Rhodes also says Brown's relationship with his mother isn't portrayed entirely true to life.

"He sees his mother with some soldiers at a brothel. She doesn't acknowledge him. That never happened to my knowledge," he says.

Another scene shows Brown as a young child at Augusta Country Club. He's blind folded and fighting other black kids. Unfortunately for Augusta, Rhodes says the tradition is true, but the movie pinned it on the wrong golf club.

"The Augusta Country Club folks are going to be really upset with that because it did not happen there it happened at the National," Rhodes says.

Rhodes says a scene where James Brown and his band fly to Vietnam shows the band coming coming under fire. He says, he doesn't recall that hapening.

Overall though, he says it was a great movie, and producers did a fantastic job with the music.


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