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Anderson Co. native lands role of James Brown in new film

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James Brown, Chadwick Boseman. (Courtesy: Associated Press) James Brown, Chadwick Boseman. (Courtesy: Associated Press)
Chadwick Boseman was featured as Mr T.L. Hanna in 1995. (July 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Chadwick Boseman was featured as Mr T.L. Hanna in 1995. (July 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A man from Anderson County is making it big, landing a starring role in his second big blockbuster.

First staring as Jackie Robinson, now Chadwick Boseman will portray James Brown in a new film.

But before his days on the big screen, Boseman was featured in a booklet of high school newspaper clippings. His name headlines the story, "Mr. T.L. Hanna."

"We knew when he was a student here, you could just tell the talent he had," said Sheila Hilton, principal at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson. "He was winning at everything he competed in."

Boseman graduated from Hanna in 1995.

"Chad was just a joy to have here," Hilton said.

He made himself known at his alma mater during plays, also as an athlete and as Mr. T.L. Hanna.

"He also, here at Hanna was in the Speech and Debate program. He also was very talented at that," Hilton said.

And now Boseman has a new title as The Godfather of Soul.

He stars in the new movie Get on Up. It's a biopic about the life of South Carolina native James Brown.

"We were just sort of waiting for him to get his big break," Hilton said.

And although he's had television roles, he scored his first big break in the movie 42, as baseball legend, Jackie Robinson.

"We have some star quality here," Hilton said.

Boseman shares the screen in his new movie with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and well-known actors Viola Davis and Dan Aykroyd.

"Everybody knew he had a gift," Hilton said.

She said she's proud to see a T.L. Hanna honor student portray a music legend like James Brown.

"It's just a thrill to see a student succeed and of course we wish that for all of our students," Hilton said.

The title of the movie comes from James Brown's famous single "Get Up." The movie hits theatres on Friday, Aug. 1.

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