'Bob Marley: One Love': Six Facts We Learned From the Film

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There’s a new biopic in town, and it’s one we’ve been anticipating for a while. For decades, the musical man behind the myth and legend that is Bob Marley has been debated, discussed, and explored—but it’s only now, some fifty odd years after his untimely passing, that we’re finally getting a big screen biopic. Bob Marley: One Love opens in theaters today, and with it comes a deep dive into the abyss of the artist's colorful black, green, yellow (Jamaican flag colors by the way) life. Starring Kingsley Ben-Adir in the titular role of Marley himself alongside Lashana Lynch (who plays Rita Marley), and Aston Barrett Jr., son of the Wailers' bass player Aston "Family Man" Barrett who’s portraying his father amongst others—Bob Marley: One Love is an enjoyable musical journey to the fullest. Here are six facts about Bob Marley we learned from the biopic.

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If you’ve already seen the movie, continue reading. If not, bookmark this page and come back once you have as we don’t want to give you any spoilers. If you’re still with us (or if you’re back), here are five things we learned from Bob Marley: One Love.

1. Kingsley Ben-Adir is singing

2. The costumes are amazing

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As I was watching the movie, I couldn’t help but wonder who did the costuming. The answer to that is the legendary Polish costume designer Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard, who’s previous work includes the likes of: Schindler’s List (1993), Maleficent (2014), Spider-Man: From Home (2019), and more.

3. Both Bob and Rita Marley were injured in the shooting

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The time period covered in the film is between 1976 and 1978 as it specifically focuses on the explosion of his career followed by a shooting attempt that nearly took his life. I personally didn't know this before, but Bob's wife Rita was also injured in the shooting as well. I had previously thought it was just Bob only, so that was something new to find out. Apparently it was Rita's dreads that helped with her saving life too, which again, was something I didn't know before.

4. The Marleys moved to London after the shooting

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After the shooting, Marley and his family permanently relocated to London for a fresh start. It was here in London where Marley began work on his groundbreaking album Exodus, which has since gone on to be considered a revolutionary Reggae album.

5. Ziggy Marley is an executive producer

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Bob Marley: One Love is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, who's previous credits include: 2021's King Richard , 2020's Joe Bell and more. The script was written by Frank E. Flowers, Terence Winter, Zach Baylin. Additionally Marley's son, Ziggy Marley, and his daughter Cedella Marley, serve as a co-producers along with Marley's estate representatives. Orly Marley, wife of Ziggy, is an executive producer of the film as well.

The film was also produced in part by Plan B Entertainment, which was founded by Brad Pitt.

6. The soundtrack is a banger

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Okay, not a fact about the actual movie, but still worth noting—the soundtrack is a killer.

Arriving by way of Tuff Gong/Island Records, the soundtrack will feature the likes of Daniel Caesar, Leon Bridges, Wizkid, Kacey Musgraves, Jessie Reyez, Bloody Civilian, and Skip Marley, grandson of Bob Marley. The Marley family had a hand in choosing and approving all selections for the EP. This under­scores the strong, enduring six-decade relationship with Island Records, the Marley family, and Jamaica, elements which are reflected in the movie as well. Also noted: five of the EP’s seven songs originated on Exodus (1977), the landmark RIAA gold LP by Bob Marley & the Wailers: “Natural Mystic,” “Exodus,” “Waiting in Vain,” “Three Little Birds,” and the eponymous "One Love."

“The mission is always to spread Daddy's music to every corner of the Earth, and we were very thoughtful in handpicking these artists,” says Cedella Marley. “Having his songs rebirthed at the same time we get to show the world his story through this movie, is something that my family and I are extremely proud to be a part of.”

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