The picture above is of Richard Pryor
and Eddie Murphy
on the cover of People
in July 1983. Pryor was a mentor and inspiration to Eddie Murphy and now The Nutty Professor
star is more than likely starring in a biopic of the late-great comedian’s life.
The creator of Dreamgirls
and the incredibly boring 2009 Oscars
, Bill Condon
, wrote a script on the legendary comedian's life titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?
According to Entertainment Weekly, "He initially was hoping to secure $30 million to produce the film, but that number, sources say, has dropped down to $25 million. Murphy, who has featured Pryor impersonations in his act as far back as the 1987 concert movie Raw
, seems a likely choice for this role."
Richard Pryor is considered one of the funniest men to have ever lived. He is often credited for popularizing the word "nigga" and inspired generations of comics to be funny, but also added political commentary. However, Pryor also had a battle with addiction. In 1980 after freebasing cocaine, Pryor set himself on fire. There was a movie loosely based on Pryor's life in 1986 called Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
, which was about a comedian who reflects on his life and burned himself after using drugs. Pryor insisted the film wasn't autobiographical. Unfortunately, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
was a box office disappointment.
Check out the hilarious video below of Murphy imitating Pryor and Bill Cosby
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