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Writer/director Ridley was the one that got him to do the project in the first place. Benjamin had his doubts – everything from the accent to the fact that Hendrix was left-handed and Benjamin is not. They were going to flip the images in production but Benjamin ultimately overcame his reservations and plays left-handed in the film.

“John Ridley is amazing. He’s pretty much the backbone of this whole project. He came down to Atlanta and said he wanted me to play it. I could see how badly he wanted to do it and he kind of whipped me into shape.”

 Jimi: All Is By My Side, which has received great reviews thus far, heads to theaters on Friday.

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