Magazine article Screen International

Tate Taylor, Get on Up

Magazine article Screen International

Tate Taylor, Get on Up

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In Zurich opening night film Get On Up, US director Tate Taylor tells the story of legendary showman James Brown.

Chadwick Boseman plays the influential musician and is in Zurich with Taylor. As a director and screenwriter, Taylor is best known for his 2011 Oscar-winner The Help.

How did you come to direct Get On Up?

After The Help, I had a tough time finding what I wanted to do next. I love character with tons of story, spectacle and history, and that was really hard to find. I had a meeting scheduled with [producer] Brian Grazer and while I was in the lobby, one of their associates said: "We just got a James Brown script."

I thought it would be an awful and formulaic that didn't do Mr Brown justice. I was on a flight when I started reading it and, somewhere over Vegas, looked at my producing partner and said: "Oh fuck, I wanna direct this." Within two days I met with [producer] Mick Jagger and I was the director.

What was important to you about telling this story?

I wanted it to be a psychological piece about who this man was and what was going on in his brain. He wasn't a man who wanted to be rich and famous. …

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