Stranger Than Fiction: Controversial Biopics

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  • Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone
  • Whitney Houston
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • TLC/Pebbles
  • George W. Bush/Oliver Stone
  • Lil' Kim
  • Evita/Madonna
  • Cleopatra/Elizabeth Taylor
  • Aaliyah/Whitney Houston
  • Aaliyah
  • Winnie Mandela

Jimi Hendrix

Rock phenom Jimi Hendrix was brought to life on the big screen during 2013's Toronto International Film Festival in the biopic All Is by My Side. OutKast's funky half, André Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000), played the lead role. While the general public has expressed satisfaction in the casting selection, Hendrix's estate has not signed on to officially endorse the film's production: "Expereince Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix ... has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation," reads a statement released by Hendrix's estate.

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