James Brown wanted Eddie Murphy
"James Brown said to me years ago, 'If they ever do my life, you got to play my story...I said, 'James, if I do you, people will be laughing.' (He said) 'They ain't gonna laugh if you don't try to be funny."
Are his comments from WENN through Hollywood.com. He goes on to say that he probably would be too old to play Brown in his ealier years, he puts it very eloquently.
"I'll be 46 in April and I'm not doin' no splits and no s**t like that, and rippin' my a** out tryin' to make no movie. The split days are gone."
So I think it's fair that Murphy could play Brown in his later years, but I doubt that he could do the young Brown. Any suggestions?