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Ziggy Marley isn’t surprised the critics got it wrong; audiences love Bob Marley biopic

The singer says his late father would appreciate the audience response to the biopic
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Ziggy Marley (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Ziggy Marley thinks that the mixed response to Bob Marley: One Love is fitting.

The musician produced Reinaldo Marcus Green’s biopic about his late father. Ziggy thinks the fact that audiences have enjoyed the flick more than critics would be appreciated by the “Three Little Birds” singer.

“I remember when reviews came in. It was, like, ‘Let’s see what the people say.’ That was my demeanor,” Ziggy told Variety.

“I was, like, ‘Yeah, this is actually perfect for something representing Bob. That the critics don’t get it, but the people get it.’ It was meant to be this way,” he added. “I was just going over the review of the Exodus album [1977 record from Bob Marley and the Wailers]. They killed it, [writing] ‘It’s terrible.’ So, the box office thing was how it was meant to be. People make the decisions, not the critics.”

Green echoed Ziggy’s views on the movie. Green says that the audience response had filled with him “joy and pride.”

“The people were the ones speaking for the film, and that gives us a lot of joy and pride. You can’t get those numbers without people telling people to go see it. That’s word of mouth, and it’s still going,” the director said.

Bob is portrayed by Kingsley Ben-Adir. Ben-Adir revealed that he “wanted to change everything” after first adopting the reggae icon’s dreadlocks.

“Do you want an honest answer? I felt stressed. I wanted to change everything … I was pulling it up and messing it up. You know, it was a process, so I took a while to ease in,” he said to Variety last month.

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