James Brown Biopic Star on Singing, Whistling, and His Southern Roots

July 30, 2014 | By | Comments (1)


Keith Robinson; Photo by Justin J. Jackson

Mississippi director Tate Taylor’s second major film, Get On Up, hits theaters on August 1. Keep an eye on The Daily South for insights on the film, which stars a number of Southern actors, including the cooler-than-cool Keith Robinson. Get to know this Hollywood double threat who sings and acts in the upcoming James Brown biopic.

1. Southern Roots: “I call myself a Georgia and South Carolina boy. I went to grade school in Greenville, South Carolina, then I moved to Augusta [Georgia] for high school. I went to college in Athens at UGA, and spent some years after that in Atlanta.”

2. Singing a Tune: “I love performing at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The sound is incredible. It’s real comfortable and intimate but still big.”

3. Hidden Talent: Whistling! “I knocked my front teeth out at a young age, and they were always telling me that you couldn’t whistle without your front teeth. I wanted to prove them wrong, so I practiced a lot.”


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