Even though James Brown had a history of domestic violence in his relationships, Jill Scott doesn’t think he was a monster.
The “Golden” diva will be playing one of James’ wives, Deirdre “Deedee” Jenkins, in the upcoming biopic Get On Up. As part of her role she has to recreate a difficult moment in the marriage when James assaults her. To physically prepare for the scene, Jill worked with a stuntman so that she could figure out how to fall correctly.
Emotionally speaking, Jill had to tap into Dee Dee’s mindset to process why she would have stayed with James after that attack. Knowing her reason helped her to better understand how to play the role.
“As the domestic part of it, when I was told by her grandson that she was still in love with James…now…that’s all I really needed,” said Jill, who got banged up pretty badly on the set while fiming the scene. “The most important thing was that she was absolutely, unequivocally devoted to the man. So this was a bump in the road. This was a bad day, but it wasn’t the end of the world. Dee Dee loves James. Period.”
It’s not uncommon for victims, like Dee Dee, to stay with their abusers. According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, about 76 percent of women ages 25-34 years old that have experience domestic violence have been attacked by the same partner. That number rises to 81 percent for women ages 35-49 years old.
The women might stay for any number of reasons. Jill muses, that Dee Dee stuck around as long as she did because of James’ charisma.
“He’s a powerful man and he’s someone to love…for many reasons, the talent alone,” said Jill. “Then he was actually very loving…at times, and very generous which I’m sure she enjoyed.”
She added, “She enjoyed that, but about 11 years into their marriage she had had enough.”
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"