Spike Lee, the vocal and, at times, contentious, director of an upcoming James Brown biopic, recently told MTV News
that he intends to use Brown's original voice in the film instead of leading man Wesley Snipes'.
Snipes, who signed on to the film in 2007 (in spite of appealing a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion), apparently has the moves and the voice, but Lee said no hard feelings about the musical choice: he's simply a purist
"He's my man" Lee told MTV News of Snipes. But, "I want to hear James Brown's voice. That's just my personal taste."
Lee's not alone in his preference. Taylor Hackford used Ray Charles' voice to overdub Jamie Foxx in the 2004 biopic Ray.
Lee and Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to the film after Brown died in 2006 of congestive heart failure. No word yet on a release date.