Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Eddie Murphy

HitFix has confirmed that Marlon Wayans auditioned for the role of "Richard Pryor" and is now in negotiations to play the iconic entertainment figure.

Many websites were reporting that Eddie Murply was scheduled to play this role. I am not sure what has happened but Marlon Wayans will star as the legendary comedian.

Funny - Eddie Murply has lost a major role to Marlon Wayans?


  1. I think Marlon accepted less Salary for the movie (which makes sense)

    I know Eddie is weird but lol

  2. Eddie Murphy Drops Out of Richard Pryor Biopic
    Eddie Murphy has always credited Richard Pryor as being his inspiration for getting into comedy. Murphy did a pitch-perfect imitation of Pryor in his concert film, "Raw," and he cast his idol in his sole directorial effort, "Harlem Nights." It seemed natural when it was announced earlier this year that Murphy would star in a film about Pryor's life.

    So it was a big shock when Entertainment Weekly broke the story last week that Murphy was dropping out of the Pryor biopic. The movie, called "Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said," will be written and directed by Bill Condon. Condon also made "Dreamgirls," the 2006 musical that earned Murphy his only Oscar nomination. According to the report, Murphy left over conflicts with the project's original studio, Paramount Pictures.

    Even more surprising is the identity of the star who is stepping into the role of Pryor: Marlon Wayans. Best known for the comedies he has made with his brothers like "Scary Movie," Wayans had a big action hit this year with "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." But he has also given a few critically acclaimed performances, most notably as a heroin addict in "Requiem for a Dream." reports that Wayans filmed a 13-minute screen test where he "transforms into Pryor" that secured the role for him. Condon used a similar approach while making "Dreamgirls" to prove that Beyoncé Knowles was right for the lead in that film.

    While the movie will obviously have its share of comedy -- its producers include Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, along with Pryor's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor -- it will also tell the dramatic story of the comic's battles with drug addiction. There is no word yet if it goes into Pryor's later years when he was confined to a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis. The film is set to begin shooting in the spring.

  3. @ 5:15 PM

    Beyonce wasn't a good choice to lead the movie Dreamgirls.

    I don't think that this is a smart move.