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Will Eddie Murphy Play Richard Pryor?

According to Entertainment Weekly, writer/director Bill Condon (screenwriter of Chicago, writer/director of Dreamgirls) is shopping around his newest script, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? The magazine notes that Eddie Murphy, who has included Pryor impressions in his act for years, would be a natural fit for portraying Pryor in the biopic. This would reunite Condon and Murphy after Dreamgirls earned Murphy much award recognition.

Murphy has credited Pryor as his inspiration for becoming a comedian, though apparently Pryor wrote in his autobiography that he found Murphy's comedy to sometimes be too insensitive.

Another interesting aspect of this news is that Fox Searchlight — a studio that has been positively on fire the past few years, putting out award-grabbing films like Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire — is interested in the film. Perhaps we have a future Oscar darling on our hands with this biopic? Do you think Murphy could — or should — play Richard Pryor?


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weffie weffie 6 years
You know who would actually pull off Richard Pryor pretty well? At least appearance-wise? WALDO GERALDO FALDO!
weffie weffie 6 years
BOOOO no way!! Richard Pryor never got fat, therefore the role requires no fat suit, therefore Eddie Murphy will not be interested. He only makes movies about being fat.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
the nasty attitude isn't so new but I would see it. I wonder who would play Eddie Murphy in a movie?
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Pass. His new nasty attitude makes him a thumbs down in my book.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
Eddie would be great in this role.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
Nope Eddie's a douche.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
Nope Eddie's a douche.
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
i'm not a fan of eddie murphey recently so I'm not sure.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
I remember both in Harlem Nights - a funny movie. I can see this.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I can see that.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I can see that.
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