Bob Marley’s Son Ziggy on What the Past due Icon Would Recall to mind His Biopic ‘One Love’ (Unique)

In the case of the Kingsley Ben-Adir-led biopic, Bob Marley: One Love, the one opinion Ziggy Marley thinks issues is the one in all his overdue father, Bob Marley.

The musician gave ET’s Kevin Frazier a non-public excursion of the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, and unfolded about the nearest movie his public produced with the attempt of celebrating the day and track of “an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity.” One Love highlights Bob’s robust tale of overcoming depression and the move at the back of his modern track.

“For me, in this film, I think one thing that it made me think about is what my father and my mother went through that we didn’t see. Like the emotional [turmoil], and that’s what the film is really. It’s really exploring stuff,” Ziggy explains. “The Bob Marley that’s in the TV and that you seen in the videos — that’s not the Bob Marley we’re really exploring. We’re exploring the Bob Marley you don’t know. It made me think about, as a human being, what emotional things he must have been going through after [the assassination attempt].”

Ziggy provides that the movie’s want for authenticity resulted in his musings on his father’s “vulnerability,” which is in most cases forgotten underneath the glare of spotlights and his rock celebrity character.

“A lot of people see my father as like a rock star, you know, tough. But he have feelings, right? He have emotions,” Ziggy notes. “He suffered, [and] at the end of all of this, he came to that heavy decision that his life was not for him, you know?”

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With that during thoughts, the reggae musician believes his father “would have liked” the movie helmed through Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced. “We’re representing the right way, and again, the important thing… I told the cast and the crew this is not a vanity project. We’re not doing this for vanity, we’re doing it with a purpose. And so I think [with] that as a foundation, he would be happy that at least if it’s one thing we get right it’s that the intention is right and the message right.” 

“The studio agreed, I agreed [and] the directors agreed, if we’re not doing this right, we’re not gonna do it,” he provides vehemently. “If we’re in the middle of this and it’s not working, scrap it. ‘Cause we’re not gonna put something out about Bob that’s not right, you know? So we think it’s right.”

Produced in partnership with the Marley public, One Love stars Ben-Adir because the reggae celebrity along Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Tosin Cole, Anthony Welsh, Michael Gandolfini, Umi Myers and Nadine Marshall.

Ziggy serves as a manufacturer at the movie along Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Robert Teitel, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner, and govt manufacturers Richard Hewitt, Orly Marley and Matt Solodky.

Ben-Adir in the past informed ET that portraying Bob took a huge degree of willpower and hardened paintings. Such a lot hardened paintings, in reality, the 37-year-old actor used to be running on entering persona day filming his scenes for Barbie.

Having a look again on the early days of growing and getting ready for One Love, Ben-Adir defined that he and the manufacturers indubitably that “authenticity and language and how Bob spoke [were] the most important thing, and [we’re] not white-washing anything.”

This intended that Ben-Adir took it upon himself to get Bob’s accentuation and cadence indisposed completely — in addition to his musicality. “I enjoyed it thoroughly,” Ben-Adir shared of taking note of Bob’s track and audio of him talking. “Because it was an excuse to listen to Bob all the time.”


Ben-Adir admitted he used to be even taking note of Bob day taking pictures Barbie, wherein he performed one of the most many Kens, along Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa and Scott Evans.

“I just wanted to get going, because I was like, ‘I’m on this for three and a half months and I can’t waste any time. I have to start now!'” Ben-Adir defined. “Especially with the guitar and the language, you know? That’s gonna be a slow process and you’ve got to get the foundational steps in.”

“On film sets, there’s a lot of downtime… it just made sense to go and listen to Bob and try to understand the language and learn the guitar,” he added.

Regardless of working towards and dealing to seek out Bob’s accentuation between taking pictures scenes for Barbie, Ben-Adir admitted that he didn’t in point of fact percentage his move with any individual, explaining, “My process was private for as long as possible — until I needed help.”

Ziggy tells ET he has incorrect regrets in casting Ben-Adir for the function, sharing that he and manufacturing did “a whole search” to seek out the proper actor.

“Kingsley wasn’t the first choice. We tried to find somebody from Jamaica [who] speaks the language and knows the thing,” Ziggy admits. “But I remember when I saw Kingsley’s audition, he was the one where I could be like, I’m watching this guy [and] the other guys were like, eh. But this guy, I didn’t go eh. I was like, ‘OK, I see something.’ And so that’s when we knew it was him, it was easy.”

He provides that he and his public didn’t percentage considerations that Ben-Adir being British would smash his portrayal. “We were looking for someone that could have the magnetism to hold the attention, so he was the one who had my attention and I’m Bob’s son. He even got my attention, my sister’s attention [and] my brother’s attention. We can work with so everything else.”

In spite of everything, Ziggy emphasizes that the movie isn’t only about his father’s tale, but additionally in regards to the message he sought after to ship the arena. “It’s not about immortalizing him, even though that might be a by-product,” he explains. “The priority is immortalizing the message so that the message can reach new generations and continue to flourish through time. So I think this movie is that; that is really one of the things I’m most happy about it. It’s immortalizing that message of one love. It’s putting it into a different space so that it can extend its reach and life.”

Bob Marley: One Love hits theaters on Feb. 14.


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