Music Producer Wayne Jobson On Location for Filming of Bob Marley Biopic

by Howard Campbell

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Being a free-spirited Rastaman from Jamaica, Bob Marley was totally different than American and European stars of the Nineteen Seventies. Getting issues proper for any biopic on the reggae legend can be important.

Wayne Jobson, whose household had private {and professional} ties to Marley, says each effort has been made for the Paramount Photos film about him, to be spot-on.

“After I meet children these days and inform them that I knew Bob, they’re in awe as if I mentioned I met Ghandi or Martin Luther King. They know Bob’s music, however they don’t know the spirit of the person. I feel this movie will present the true spirit of Bob,” he acknowledged.

Jobson was on location for the Jamaican leg of the yet-titled film in elements of Kingston. Scenes had been filmed in Trench City the place Marley as soon as lived, and Nationwide Heroes Park which was used for the Nationwide Stadium the place the epic One Love Peace Live performance came about in April, 1978.

Marley — who died at age 36 from most cancers in Could, 1981 — was headliner for that present which noticed him returning to Jamaica for the primary time since he was shot by gunmen at his Kingston house in December, 1976.

Marley’s eldest son Ziggy is producer of the film which stars British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir and is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced, the African-American who had an analogous position for the Oscar-winning biopic King Richard.

“Neville Garrick, Bob’ s confidant, has been on daily of the shoot and has assured that it is going to be genuine. There was even a scene the place Bob was going to share his spliff (marijuana cigarette) with Peter Tosh. However Garrick made them change it in order that Bob gave Peter a spliff, as Rastas don’t share spliffs,” Jobson disclosed. “Additionally, Ziggy Marley was on the shoot daily, and he made them change something that his father wouldn’t say. Bob is an evangelist. He’s not a pop artist like Elvis, so all the things needs to be religious and righteous.”

It’s estimated that Paramount Photos spent $18 million on the Jamaican shoot, with over 100 individuals employed all through the week-long manufacturing.

Scheduled for launch in 2024, the film covers Marley’s flight from Jamaica in late 1976 to London the place he recorded Exodus, his masterpiece album which got here out one 12 months later.

Jobson’s household has robust ties to Marley and Chris Blackwell’s Island Information, which distributed seven of the singer/songwriter’s studio albums together with Exodus.

His cousin Diane Jobson, who’s portrayed within the film, was Marley’s lawyer. Her brother Dickie Jobson was as soon as the artist’s supervisor.


Originally posted 2023-04-09 21:18:51.