Kingsley Ben-Adir is aware of precisely what he hopes Bob Marley: One Love says to viewers in the present day. “I really feel like that concept of togetherness and neighborhood and bringing folks collectively — the message within the movie that’s so essential is knowing that that’s what Bob Marley was like as a human being, when it got here to creating music,” he tells myallmovies. “He was massive on involving everybody. For those who didn’t play an instrument, he’d encourage you to select one thing up, even when it was only a spoon and a bit bottle. He needed everybody concerned.”
You get to see this spirit in motion throughout the brand new biopic, which options Ben-Adir because the famed musician throughout a key interval of his life, together with the creation of the long-lasting Exodus. “It was a rare expertise,” Ben-Adir says. “I obtained to know Bob and to study him as a human being, as a father with the individuals who knew him as a human being and as a father. It was a very distinctive course of.”
Previous to the filming of One Love, Ben-Adir labored on a really completely different film — in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, he performs Basketball Ken, certainly one of Seashore Ken (Ryan Gosling)’s closest allies. Filming on that mission took three months, and since “there’s a number of downtime while you’re taking pictures,” he did a few of his prep work for taking part in Bob Marley in between takes, holding a guitar and “Bob’s interviews” close by on set.
“There was a lot to be taught, you realize, when it comes to the music, when it comes to the language, the whole lot,” he says. “Chords take a very long time to sink in, with the guitar, you undergo many phases and also you hit partitions and also you hit blocks the place it takes a couple of weeks to get by them.”
Funnily sufficient, whereas Ben-Adir was actually studying the guitar throughout manufacturing, he’s the one Ken within the movie who isn’t seen enjoying the instrument on display — particularly within the movie’s Matchbox 20 tribute, the place all of the respective Kens serenade supposedly-brainwashed Barbies with their rendition of “Push.”
Says Ben-Adir, “I bear in mind all of us got here in for rehearsal and we talked by the scene after which Greta [Gerwig] simply mentioned, ‘Somebody’s gotta play the drums, who desires to play the drums?’ And my hand shot up. I went, ‘Me!’ As a result of I simply needed the afternoon on the drum package — I can’t play the drums, however I do know like one little beat, and I’d been enjoying the guitar all morning and yeah, I simply wanted a bit break.”