For a long time, there has been talk of a biopic about Richard Pryor's life. There have been speculations about who will play the iconic comedian. While some names have been tossed around, Pryor’s family is at odds over who should have the honor of playing the notorious comedian, according to The Urban Daily on Thursday.
Lee Daniels is slated to direct the movie. Pryor's widow, Jennifer is expected to be in the movie as the comedian's life is chronicled while in his late '20s and '30s, during his rise to mainstream success.
The children of the late comedian, Richard Pryor Jr. and Rain Pryor, say the man for the role is Marlon Wayans. They believe Wayans understands their dad’s psyche and can connect with the character in a compelling way. According to TMZ, Nick Cannon seems to think he has the role of Pryor locked up, but Pryor’s children say they don’t think he is up to the job. They just don’t think the host of "America's Got Talent" has the acting background to pull off the role. Cannon is letting his hair grow for a reason, and he is hinting that it for the role of the Richard Pryor character. Cannon admitted he is up to doing everything Pryor did except free basing.
Additionally, the siblings say this project dishonors their father because it has become a vanity project for their stepmother, Jennifer Pryor, who they believe will turn the information around to make herself look good. The Pryor kids are also clearly upset that they have been cut entirely out of the project.
Pryor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. On Dec. 10, 2005, he suffered a heart attack in Encino, California. He was taken to a local hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was 65 years old when he died. His widow Jennifer was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face." He was cremated and his ashes were given to his family.
It is interesting to see who will play the well-known comedian who gave American a lot of laughs.