Mick Jagger opened up on NBC’s “Today” show about the challenging year he’s faced since the suicide of his girlfriend L’wren Scott.
“I’m doing okay,” Jagger told host Matt Lauer. “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.”
That movie is the upcoming James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” on which Jagger is a producer. But before discussing the film, Lauer first asked the legendary Rolling Stones singer about his struggles since Scott’s death in March.
After admitting his friends and family were instrumental in helping him through the grieving process, the 70-year-old rock star steered the conversation back toward the film he was there to promote and the man the film honors.
Jagger raved about the way Brown charmed audiences on stage and “the way he told them what to do, the way he gave them his emotions and encouraged them to give back.”
Lauer also discussed the ins, outs and even hip thrusts of the film with its star Chadwick Boseman (who plays Brown), along with his co-stars Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd, director Tate Taylor and fellow producer Brian Grazer.
Both Lauer and the production team raved about Boseman’s portrayal of the “Living in America” legend, the so-called father of funk.
“Our minds were blown,” Grazer said, referring to the production team’s collective reaction after first witnessing Boseman’s impressive dance moves.
“Get on Up” hits theaters Aug. 1.