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Jimmy Scott’s in the Pictures, He’s Beautiful to See

Jimmy Scott is an old jazz singer, but he plays an old blues singer in the movies. Or movie, anyway. The 75-year-old crooner has a small part in Chelsea Walls, a new film directed by handsome man Ethan Hawke. Though it was shot digitally with a modest budget, the movie still boasts names like Kris Kristofferson and Uma Thurman (Hawke’s ball and chain). The film tells five different stories set in one day at the New York’s Chelsea Hotel.

Fun fact: In an interview with the New York Times Magazine‘s Joseph Hooper, Hawke explained that on the first day of shooting he filmed Scott (pictured left)singing John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” just to set the mood. Hawke liked it so much he wanted to include it in the film somehow, but knew his budget wouldn’t afford him the rights to use the song. One of Hawke’s henchmen called representatives of Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and asked what could be done. Ono revealed that Lennon had been a big Jimmy Scott fan and granted them permission to use the song in the film. Maybe Yoko’s not such a meanie after all.

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