While Mr. Taylor was given the task of finally finding an actor to play James Brown, the two co-producers set about trimming the budget and cutting and shaping the script.
“We had 18 big dance production numbers at one time,” says Mr. Grazer. “We always knew that was too many. When Mick and I brought Tate on, we were very practical about it. [The audience] will just burn out if you have 18. Too expensive and they will cease to have impact.” The finished film has eight.They cut scenes and eliminated characters. “There were too many different people, minor characters, record producers and recording engineers moving in and out,” says Mr. Jagger. Some were folded into other characters like Ben Bart Dan Aykroyd the founder of Universal Attractions, the agency that launched Brown.