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  • James Brown Ex-Manager Camp Says "Get On Up" Doc Is Factually Inaccurate

    Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:48:52

    James Brown Ex-Manager Camp Says "Get On Up" Doc Is Factually Inaccurate - The biopic is out now

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    The son of James Brown's late manager Ben Bart says that Get On Up, the Brown biopic, is factually inaccurate.

    The film diminishes Bart's role in Brown's success, so says Bart's son Jack Bart, and Jeff Allen, who now runs Bart's Universal Attractions.

    There is a scene in the film in which Brown shovels dirt on his manager's grave. That is false, as Brown did not even attend the funeral.

    Also, the film depicts Brown making business decisions that were actually made by Bart in real life, like how to promote live gigs.

    "The truth is... that was Ben's idea and Ben's expertise because he started as a club owner and a concert promoter," Allen told The Hollywood Reporter. "So where they portray Ben as kind of following James Brown's lead, it was the other way around. Everything that Brown knew or learned or accomplished was through Ben Bart's tutelage."

    They claim the story of how Brown was discovered is also false. While it is a biopic, it is also a film, and dramatic and creative license is often taken. #JustSayin.

    Did you or will you see this film?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    08.05.14



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