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Jimi Hendrix ex-girlfriend slams new biopic as looking like Austin Powers

Kathy Etchingham angry at new Andre 3000 film


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Jimi Hendrix's ex-girlfriend has hit out at the upcoming biography of the music icon, claiming the costumes used in the movie look like something out of Austin Powers.

Kathy Etchingham has criticised the new movie, which stars Outkast rapper Andre 3000 as Hendrix while actress Hayley Atwell stars as Etchingham. She has reportedly requested corrections be made to the movie and was rejected as a consultant on the movie when she approached the studio.

"I wrote them an email when I first heard about it [the film] saying, 'If you want any help don't hesitate to contact me'. They didn't reply," says Etchingham in an interview with the Sunday Express newspaper.

"[The film's costumes have] Austin Powers written all over [them]; I would not be seen dead in anything like that... Andre and Hayley are much older than Jimi and I were, and it shows... A lot of people will go and see it who have never read any of the biographies and they will think it's the gospel truth. I don't want it [the film] to fundamentally change history."

Etchingham has hit out at the Austin Powers look of the movie's costumes

The movie first hit rocky waters when the estate of Jimi Hendrix revealed they had not approved the movie, and therefore no Hendrix music would be permitted to appear in the film.

A quote from the company given to Billboard magazine in 2012 read: "Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and administrator of the Jimi Hendrix music and publishing catalog 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."

Below: more photos from the set of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, filmed in Dublin

Michael Baggs


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