Question: You’ve been attached to various Hendrix projects over the years. What did you hope to convey about him through this one?
Andre 3000: I thought, “What would Hendrix want people to know that’s not on YouTube?” He’s a god, he’s an idol. But he did that onstage. He was totally the opposite in real life.
Question: Given that playing Hendrix had been discussed for so long, were you reluctant?
Andre 3000: I may have said it to John [Ridley]: “Man, I’m old. I have gray hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.” I turned it down. They kept at it. I actually asked my son, [Seven]. He said, “Yeah, man.” Honestly, I needed it in my life, too. Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you’re alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn’t let them down.
Question: What spoke to you about this particular Hendrix treatment?
Andre 3000: Really, this movie is about what made him. You study any great artist, there’s always women that help support that or turn them on to new things.
Question: The film shows how open he was to letting women in.
Andre 3000: It’s funny, the parallels [to me]. People like to joke about [his former girlfriend] Erykah Badu, the mother of my child: “Oh, you completely changed.” I was on my path before I even met Erykah. But one thing I can say. I’m singing around the house, and Erykah’s like: “That sounds great. Why you not doing it?” [Read More]