Given the opportunity of a lifetime, twins Jamarion and Jordan Scott,8, went from not knowing who Mr. James Brown was, to portraying him in the new biopic Get On Up. The boys were discovered at their extended daycare in their hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. Director Tate Taylor, a Mississppi native himself, went on the hunt for fresh local talent, and was very pleased with what he found. “Discovering this sort of raw, untapped talent in Mississippi seems to have a special way about it. You can’t recreate it,” he pointed out with reverence.
Meanwhile, the boys and their parents are bursting with excitement as well. Being on-set proved to be a wonderful experience for the twins who look forward to doing it again some day. Both expressed interest in working on more movies. “It’s really fun”, Jordan said. Even their mother enjoyed herself; “watching them perform, I didn’t even know they had it in them,” she explained.
But they sure do. “We don’t learn it on the paper,” Jamarion pointed out. By paper, of course, he means script. Instead, “Mr. Tate” as they call him, “tells us what to do, and I do it, and I like it. I like doing scenes.”
With the release of the first trailer, everything became a lot more real for the Scotts. “We watched it three times in a row,” their mother laughed. The boys enjoyed seeing themselves, Jamarion even said he was “surprised” to see his face on the iPad. Their father proudly stated that they did a great job. “I can’t wait to see it,” he added.
Tate Taylor said that he found the entire experience with the boys rewarding and is already looking forward to hiring them again.
See the twins at the 1:57 mark: