Ten Best James Brown Appearances in Movies and on TV

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D. Stevens

With Get on Up opening tonight movie audiences will be reintroduced to the hardest working man in show business, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite, and yes, this is all the same person: Mr. James Brown.

Though early reviews of the film are solid, the fact that it's directed by the visionary behind The Help has us a little worried that the portrayal of this complex, insanely talented man might be oversimplified. But fortunately, we have YouTube where James Brown still lives.

The man was not afraid to stand before the camera and do what he did best. Here are the ten most fantastic instances in movies and television where James Brown got down.

See also: James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right


10. Playboy After Dark
Whereupon James Brown leads a nearly all white crowd of 1970 Hippies to "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud." With an introduction by Hugh Hefner no less.


9. Black Caesar
James Brown did the score for this 1973 Blaxploitation flick after Isaac Hayes soundtracked Shaft and Curtis Mayfield did the same for Super Fly. Like those other movies, the music for Black Caesar holds up a lot better than the jive turkey dialogue.


8. Miami Vice
In the fourth season episode of Miami Vice titled "Missing Hours," not only can you see what Cocowalk looked like in 1987, but also see why James Brown never pursued an acting career from his performance as a UFO cult leader. Brown also has the indignity of having only the second best hair in the episode after Don Johnson's mullet, which had a touch of feathery hairspray.


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