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Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
Starring in Is It Something I Said?

27 February 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: Entertainment Weekly

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It seems that Dreamgirls writer/director Bill Condon just can't leave Eddie Murphy alone - having written a script almost tailor made for the star, following the life of outrageous stand-up Richard Pryor.

The smokin' script, titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? which was initially signed up for development at The Weinstein Company, is said to have piqued the interest of Fox Searchlight, who are still ebullient  after cleaning up at this weekend's Oscars with Slumdog Millionaire. The studio also backed Condon for his 2004 biopic Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson and Peter Sarsgaard.

Despite gathering unbelievable returns from his recent list of comedy clangers like Meet Dave and Norbit, Murphy has fallen foul of critics in recent years. But Condon should certainly be in his good books, having delivered him the role of James 'Thunder' Early in Dreamgirls which saw him back on form and nominated for the Best Supporting Oscar in 2007.

Murphy, who admitted that Pryor was a lifelong hero, paid tribute to the comedian through his stand-up with impersonations, including the memorable skit in his 1987 Raw tour.  Whether the script extends to hair-singeing freebasing shenanigans is yet to be seen.


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gonna be interesting.......
Pryors autobiography was bluntly honest. i hope the film don't make him a saint, cos the man himself would be laughing his ass off. Pryor was infact good friends with Cosby when he was startin out, and the only kinda bad reference he made about murphy, was that he said his comedy should be a bit nicer. at that time comedy was changing and was starting to be more abrupt, maybe a bit of jealousy on pryors part? any way pryor is a legond, and ther is no other man on earth that can pull of the job t More

Posted by richie fingers at 18:03 on 28 February 2009 | Report This Post

man on the the moon 2
I predict an Oscar nomination already, More

Posted by cornflake180 at 12:47 on 28 February 2009 | Report This Post

GOONEY GOOGOO!!!
First off if this movie comes out then can you really imagine anyone else playing him but Murphy. That isnt what I want to say but thinking about it he would be a better richard pryor than russell crowe would be bill hicks!! That being said it would be a wholly better idea if eddie murphy just done another stand up tour, like robin williams, as delirious, not so much raw, is possibly the funniest thing ever committed to film. Anyways, as always ill wait until the movie is finished and then re More

Posted by godzuki at 06:58 on 28 February 2009 | Report This Post

"I'm not addicted to cocaine... I just like the way it smells". Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor was a genius. I can't think of anyone else other than Eddie Murphy to play him. I cant wait to see this. More

Posted by adelooney66 at 20:16 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
L: Stewie_Griffin What? Even Norbit? ote]   Well, Norbit may not be up there with Murphys other work - such as Trading Places, Coming to America or Beverly Hills... but yes, it's not ely More

Posted by Sugarman Treacle at 18:09 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
Pryors stand up material is hilarious, regardless of how much of a womaniser he was. I love his stand up. Regardless of the recent sheeyite Murphy has been in His stand up was amazing too, and there are a few funny films I really like him in, granted the most recent one was the Nutty Professor.   I liked Murphys turn in Dreamgirls and given hes involved with the same people i think this one will and should produce a long awaited great performance from Murphy.   With the sourc More

Posted by kumar at 18:00 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
What? Even Norbit? More

Posted by Stewie_Griffin at 17:48 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
A film about Richard Pryor, starring Eddie Murphy? Well, at least it sounds great! Both of them has entertained me for years. More

Posted by Sugarman Treacle at 17:40 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
L: Mason Verger I seem to remember that Pryor disliked Murphy, so it's quite disrespectful of them to be casting him. sp; You remember incorrectly. They always got on very well at least for the most part. Eddie Murphy never got on with Bill Cosby (which maybe what your thinking about). More

Posted by bronco3114 at 16:47 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
As a huge fan of Pryor's stand up work (Not so much his film work. Although Stir Crazy, Blue Collar and Which Way is Up? are all made of win) I'll be interested in seeing a film about his life. Eddie Murphy is possibly a bit to old to play him now, presuming that the film will focus on Pryor's younger years. The producers would be better off casting an unknown actor. More

Posted by Stewie_Griffin at 16:12 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Eddie Murphy To Get Raw As Richard Pryor
I seem to remember that Pryor disliked Murphy, so it's quite disrespectful of them to be casting him. More

Posted by Mason Verger at 15:53 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

He was alway trying to be Richard Pryor.
Even back as a stand up and breaking into movies with Raw he was always compred to Richard Pryor so it's a natural choice to have Eddie as Pryor. Eddie can be still good as Dreamgirls proved but he needs to get out of those awful comedies those numbnut morons like (Meet Dave, Norbit, Pluto Nash etc) and do more films like Dreamgirls. That do Shemale porn since their his bag. More

Posted by Taz69 at 14:32 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sarsgaard
L: hillbillyjim Not to be one of those annoying little pedants who picks up on teeny insignificant mistakes but wasn't it Peter Sarsgaard in Kinsey? ep, I spotted that too. I, on the other hand, love to me the annoying pendant! More

Posted by discodave101 at 13:52 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Tell that mother fucker to kiss my ass
Perfect role for Murphy IMO. Pryors life story will make some film. Dont know how many of you have seen interviews of him when he was alive and how he talked about being raised in whorehouse, his drug problems, violence towards women, racism issues with Hollywood producers. Keep an eye on this one. More

Posted by broonie at 13:28 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

Tell that mother fucker to kiss my ass
I dont understand peoples reservations of eddie murphy playing pryor. Have you not seen his impression, i will put money on him nailing the performance, and then your mama More

Posted by bigdog1000 at 13:13 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

Considering Eddie Murphy based his early career on being a younger imitation of Richard Pryor it probably is perfect casting. He's been auditioning for this role since he started out doing stand up. What next though? Dennis Leary playing Bill Hicks in a biopic? More

Posted by scruffylooking at 11:51 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

Considering Eddie Murphy based his early career on being a younger imitation of Richard Pryor it probably is perfect casting. He's been auditioning for this role since he started out doing stand up. What next though? Dennis Leary playing Bill Hicks in a biopic? More

Posted by scruffylooking at 11:44 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

You know when he isn't busy disappearing up his own arse Eddie 'no Banana up my tale pipe' Murphy is actually a really good actor - good choice !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:41 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

Sarsgaard
Not to be one of those annoying little pedants who picks up on teeny insignificant mistakes but wasn't it Peter Sarsgaard in Kinsey? More

Posted by hillbillyjim at 11:32 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

Eddie Murphy as a stand up was a genius, and on form he can be a stunning actor, but surely this role is more suited to Chris Rock? I know his movie career has been a chequered one but maybe this could be the role that he's been waiting for... More

Posted by dunkah at 10:56 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

i hope his talks about taking a shit. also, i hope the script includes the face that Pryor was a complete scumbag that was incredibely violent towards women More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:15 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

Really don't think Murphy is right for this role despite the stand-up pedigree. More

Posted by Biggus at 10:12 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

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