Mick Jagger Opens Up About L'Wren Scott Death, Saying It's Been a 'Very Hard Year' (Video)
Apart from releasing a statement shortly after the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger has remained mostly silent about her suicide in March.
But he broke his silence in an interview on NBC’s Today show to promote Universal's upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up, which Jagger is producing.
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When asked how he’s been doing over the past few months, Jagger said, “I’m doing OK. It’s difficult. Very hard year, but I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe and doing other things, including doing this great movie.”
He added that he “appreciates” the support he’s received from friends and family.
Jagger was joined by his fellow Get on Up producer Brian Grazer, director Tate Taylor and the movie’s stars, including Chadwick Boseman, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd.
The Rolling Stones frontman, who’s said that Brown influenced him, explained that he particularly loved how Brown interacted with the audience: “the way he charmed them, the way he told them what to do, the way he gave them his emotions and encouraged them to give back.”
Aykroyd also praised Brown’s skill as a businessman.
“He understood all aspects, the full range of what it took to be a superstar and how to exploit it for his friends and himself and his family,” he said.
Grazer revealed that Boseman, who had a breakthrough role as Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, landed the role as Brown once they saw he could dance.
“Our minds were blown,” the veteran producer said.
Spencer, meanwhile, took a different tack to land a role in the movie being directed by her longtime friend, who also helmed The Help.
“When I heard that there was really a James Brown movie being done and that my best friend Tate Taylor was directing, I just called him up and said, ‘Tate, are you doing James Brown?’ [He said,] ‘Yes.’ [And then I said,] ‘Well, you’ve got to find something for me to do. I love you, bye.’ And I didn’t give him a chance to say no,” she said.
Watch Today’s full sit-down with the team behind Get on Up, in which they also reveal their favorite James Brown songs, below.