TODAY | March 05, 2014
>>> if you were to create a list of the greatest front men in rock 'n' roll history, who would be at the front of the list?
>> mick jagger .
>> jagger , jagger , jagger . and not only strutting on stage, but when he's not, he's working on a passion project. you got a chance to sit down with him.
>> i did. it's cool to see a star as big as mick jagger is be a huge fan of another artist. in this case, we're talking about james brown . i recently visited mick on the set of the biopic he's producing on the godfather himself james brown .
>> he was the hardest working man in show business , an on stage tornado of singing, dancing and sexual energy. so who better to bring james brown 's life and legacy to the big screen than a kindred spirit ?
>> how far back do you go with james brown ? do you remember when you first met the man?
>> yeah, i think 1964 in new york. i went to see him during a show. he treated me like i was kind of just new on the block. which is what i was, of course.
>> did you borrow any of his dance moves ? you're here a little bit and he's down --
>> yeah. some other ones. but, used to do in the early '60s some of his moves.
>> although jagger and brown were not close friends, the rolling stones front man was an early fan. some time after brown's death in 2006 , jagger helped to resurrect an abandoned hollywood plan to tell the godfather's story. he reached out to academy award winning producer brian graser.
>> get this incoming call from outer space from literally the most famous and probably the most talented human being on the planet mick jagger .
>> hello, brian .
>> the clouds parted.
>> yeah, and then the voice of mick jagger came through and said i've got the rights to the music, let's do a film.
>> is that the way it happened?
>> if brian says so, it must be so.
>> they brought on director tate taylor, a lifelong james brown fan who directed the acclaimed film "the help."
>> my goal -- and you can hear it here first, is i want you standing in front of your seat in the theater dancing.
>> the job to get those dancing in the theater falls to chadwick bosman .
>> james brown is like a superhero. he can do anything, say anything.
>> he takes on the ambitious role of james brown without any prior training in singing or dancing.
>> you picked an actor in chadwick bosman who by all accounts so far is doing an incredible james brown .
>> i just forget i'm directing a movie.
>> you're mesmerized.
>> i'm mesmerized by him. it's like that every single day.
>> for him to achieve that is an achievement.
>> tell me about this split. the james brown split is a little different from another split. you've got to nail it and come back up.
>> have you perfected it?
>> well, i haven't gotten stuck down there. let's put it that way.
>> he told me he had to learn to not only jump into a split but more importantly to get out of the split.
>> out of the split.
>> that's the real trick. a young mick jagger appears in the film just as the real thing leads the rolling stones back on the road once again.
>> we're talking here about 20-year-old mick jagger . here we are 70-year-old mick jagger set to go back out on tour.
>> i've been practicing doing my moves in the gym and everything.
>> rolling stones are touring asia. right now they're in tokyo, tomorrow night if anyone wants to take a road trip .
>> you paying for it?
>> i'm not paying for it. as for the film "get on up," opens nationwide on august 1st . couple of things, mick jagger doesn't take anything lightly. he's not just stamping his name on this. he's in every meeting, he's on every phone call . he's really involved in this. because he's a fan of james brown . other thing, this young actor chadwick bosman is going to blow people away. the whole movie is contingent on this one guy. he learned the moves, the voice, he's doing a great james brown .
>> incredible career. to play jackie robinson and now james brown . my gosh. he's all set.
>> remember that time you and mick jagger were just hanging out. are you dying of happiness?
>> i had to give him some of my moves.
>> the up top versus the down low.
>> give him the other one.
>> he's got