In the upcoming biopic “All is By My Side,” OutKast’s Andre 3000 (aka Andre Benjamin) plays rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Now the first pictures of Benjamin in character have hit.
In the pics, Benjamin sports a large afro and is wearing typical ’60s-era rocker gear — bell bottoms and unbuttoned satin shirts. The project, which he’s been developing since at least 2004, has yet to find a release date and, according to Idolater, hasn’t yet gained permission from the Hendrix family to use original recordings in the soundtrack.
“Jimi was wild onstage,” Benjamin said in a New York Daily News interview about the project. “Offstage, he was really calm.”
Benjamin also added that he wouldn’t be trying to mimic Hendrix’s guitar prowess:
“I won’t do my own guitar playing,” he said. “It will probably be someone who knows Jimi’s style inside and out.”