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André 3000 Reveals Why He Momentarily Regretted Portraying Jimi Hendrix in New Biopic

The rapper also shared how he felt when he heard the icon's music for the first time.

André 3000, or André Benjamin as he goes by when wearing his acting cap, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Thursday to promote his new biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side.

During his appearance the rapper revealed he didn’t hear Hendrix’s music for the first time until his late teens/early twenties.

“As a Black kid I grew up on rap and all that kind of stuff so, Hendrix was just like a wild, big haired image to me growing up,” said Benjamin. “[I heard Hendrix’s music for the first time when] I was watching Apocalypse Now and I heard this music come on, “All Along the Watch Tower,” and I was like woah, what is this.”

The Outkast member also shared regretting his decision to take on the burden of playing a musical icon. “Midway through shooting, ‘I was like man why did I take this job? Who plays Hendrix? He’s the coolest guy in the world.'”

“There were times when I was like man, ‘I think I’ve done more than I can handle,'” he said.

Are you excited for the film? Watch the entire interview above.