In August, Chadwick Boseman portrayed James Brown in the biopic Get On Up. On Oct. 27, HBO audiences will get a taste of the real deal when Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown debuts. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) was granted access to rarely seen footage from the Brown Estate archives, and the film captures the electric performances that earned Brown his reputation as The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.
“We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career,” said Mick Jagger, a longtime admirer and peer of Brown’s who produced both Brown films. “By hearing their fascinating stories and memories, we were able to paint the full picture of James as both a musical artist and social activist, whose legacy and impact on the music industry is ever-present.”
Brown, who died in 2006 at the age of 73, was a pioneer of R&B, soul, and funk music, beginning with his 1956 hit, “Please, Please, Please.” A peerless performer who earned every one of his numerous nicknames—Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother No. 1—Brown lived a life on and off stage that was always near the edge, if not beyond it.
EW has an exclusive video first look for Mr. Dynamite, which airs Monday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m.