Richard Pryor to The Big Screen: Who Should Get The Lead Role?
It seems as though biopics are the way to go from Whitney Houston to James Brown, the elite of black culture are having one more go as the world is able to watch their life story. It looks as though famed comedian Richard Pryor will be next.
Director Lee Daniels has been working with Pryor’s widow Jennifer Pryor who is taking the producer credit. Jennifer Pryor brings more than 50 pages of Pryor’s personal journals to the film which offer a glimpse into the brilliant but dark mind of the comedian. While Pryor is looked upon as one of the best stand-up comedians genius is known to known to come with its troubles.
You may or may not remember Pryor’s troubled mind – like when he set himself on fire in 1980 while running down a LA neighborhood to suffer severe burns or his fight and victory against drug abuse. Daniels is no stranger of movies with a bit of grit and darkness, with the movie Precious he has had experienced bringing tough stories to light.
The Pryor biopic has been in the wind for some time now, but recent comments from Nick Cannon has all ears again. Cannon spoke with TMZ stating he was getting prepared for the film. If you watched the BET Awards, you may have noticed Cannon with a very Pryor-esque afro and mustache.
“Here’s the thing. There have been a lot of people out there who’ve discussed playing this role,” said Cannon. “I never want to jinx anything because you guys know how movies work. If it’s not in production, it’s not real. So all I’ll say is that I’m doing the work right now. I’m doing everything that I need to do to embody it when the opportunity is right,” the 33-year-old actor told TMZ.
But Cannon isn’t everyone’s favorite choice. Richard Pryor, Jr. and Rain Pryor would like to see Marlon Wayans play the role of their beloved father. The Pryor kids told TMZ they believe Wayans understands their dad’s psyche and can connect with the character in a compelling way.
They also mentioned Cannon doesn’t have the acting chops for this role. It doesn’t seem as though they are very enthused with the project as a whole. Openly discussing their dislike for ex-wife Jennifer Pryor’s role with the movie which she may try to make her look good.Richard Pryor, Jr. and Rain Pryor have been not been included in the project.
This seems to be a reoccurring issue when it comes to biopics. Should the family and more importantly children have a say in the film. Is it an act of good will?
And what do you think, Nick Cannon or Marlon Wayans?
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