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Eddie Murphy As Richard Pryor: Can He Pull It Off?

PhotobucketThis just in from the Most Obvious Casting Ever Department…director Bill Condon is reportedly interested in a biopic script about Richard Pryor and he has cast Eddie Murphy as Pryor. Murphy as Pryor is about as perfect a choice as you can get and I’m sure that he will come off hilarious as Pryor.

However…there could be some issues with Murphy’s potential performance. It’s no secret that Richard Pryor is Murphy’s idol. It’s also no secret that Pryor’s life was filled with problems, including drug abuse, seven marriages, and his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Will Eddie Murphy, the possessor of one the biggest egos in show business, be able to immerse himself and disappear into all the highs and lows of Richard Pryor’s life or will it simply be Eddie Murphy’s Richard Pryor impersonation? Even more so, is Murphy willing to show the ugly side of his hero?

I sure hope Murphy swallows his pride and realizes that this role isn’t all about him. This could be the role that will get Murphy to stay at the Academy Award Ceremony after his name is called.

Cinematically Correct note: Richard Pryor was a comedic f’ing genius.

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  1. fortunesfool73
    February 27, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    As someone old enough to remember when Eddie Murphy was good, I say ‘yes he can’

  2. February 27, 2009 at 9:57 PM

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  3. jenchic
    February 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    You mean it’s not written into Eddie’s contract that he MUST ALWAYS wear a fat suit in every movie he’s in…?
    As long as he’s not playing 16 different characters dreesed in fat suits…he’ll be a great Pryor!!

  4. Anonymous
    August 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Hi I’m a huge Pryor fan read ‘What does that lump want?’ A short story about Richard Pryor and me set in a dream.
    http://mrmichaeldale.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/what-does-that-lump-want-a-short-story-about-me-and-richard-pryor-in-a-dream/

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