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Why Aren't We Talking About Chadwick Boseman?

Mick Jagger and Chadwick Boseman attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Get On Up" at the Apollo Theater in New York on
Mick Jagger and Chadwick Boseman attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Get On Up" at the Apollo Theater in New York on July 21, 2014.

Just a couple of years ago, Hollywood’s long-delayed James Brown biopic appeared to have made a turn for the “super bad”: Spike Lee was ousted from the film, only to be replaced by Tate Taylor. Taylor, director of the troublesomely simplistic, feel-good civil rights drama The Help, seemed to be the exact person one didn’t want directing a film about Soul Brother No. 1, the unabashed proclaimer of “I’m black and I’m proud!” Get on Up’s trailer suggested this would be little more than a glossy, rote biopic about a legendary figure.

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