Marlon Wayans Plays Richard Pryor

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marlon-wayansWhat is Eddie Murphy doing? The Richard Pryor film (written and directed by Bill Condon of Dreamgirls) seemed to suit him, the first time in a long time that he had an opportunity to do something of real magnitude, but according to Entertainment Weekly he has dropped out after conflicts with the studios and is to be replaced by Marlon Wayans.

Wayans seems like an odd choice for the role, but apparently he aced the screen test:

While Wayans is primarily known for his comedic roles in Wayans Bros.’ movies such as Dance Flick and White Chicks, he received critical acclaim for his dramatic turn in 1999’s Requiem for a Dream. Sources tell EW.com that Wayans fought for the role, blowing the producers away with a 13- min screen test where he “transforms into Pryor.”

Suddenly he has become much funner.  Actually, it makes me think of Jamie Foxx’s take on Ray Charles: the way in which he just seemed to transform into a person who is so good-natured on the surface but is darkly tortured beneath. I hope that this project is just as successful.

Personally, I think that they should hire NFL coach Sherman Lewis, if only for the resemblance.

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  • http://www.pryorsplanet.com/ Jennifer Lee Pryor

    TO CHRIS ROCK:
    SO ironic that you are talking about your poor, scalding scalp, and how it burned from all those chemicals…when you are completely clueless when it comes to how those innocent dogs suffered while being tortured by Michael Vick!

    We were on the front page of Variety today and the timing is unfortunate for it comes the same day I am forced to write this letter!

    Richard and I established Pryor’s Planet, a non-profit, before he passed, for the purpose of rescuing and rehabilitating homeless and abused or neglected dogs, so they can go into loving, forever homes! PRYOR’S PLANET is an all breed rescue: which means, we rescue everything from little white, fluffy dogs to Pitbulls.
    We currently have 40 dogs we are caring for while they await their forever homes.

    Among these 40 dogs, Pryor’s Planet has 7 Pitbulls (actually American Staffordshire Terriers), all of whom are receiving care and training while they await their forever homes, at great expense I might add! Each one is a sweet and affectionate dog who was mistreated, or dumped or neglected all because of their breed! These are sentient, thinking beings with real feelings.
    SOMEONE PUT THIS ON MY FACE BOOK PAGE THIS MORNING:
    Chris asks, “What did Vick do? Pit bulls aren’t real dogs anyway.” If he doesn’t understand at this point then I guess he never will. If you’re taking Vick’s side, it’s unforgivable. This is as bad as if a white guy on a 50′s talk show defended killing a black man. “I mean, it’s not like he’s a real human. What did he do?”

    Regarding those comments Chris: “What did Michael Vick do? Pitbulls aren’t even real dogs!”
    What Michael Vick did was torture, drown, electrocute and murder several dogs all for fun and for profit! He went to prison for FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY! That’s what he did!

    Because of your insensitive and ignorant remarks that you made on The Jay Leno Show,The David Letterman show and various public forums and websites; I have notified my attorney and Bill Condon directly that I don’t want you, Chris Rock, associated with the Richard Pryor Bio Pic—UNLESS, you find a way to retract and apologize for these comments in some public way.
    Clearly this is part of your latest stand-up routine which frankly, would not make Richard laugh!

    Richard knew you and I know you, Chris, you are not from the streets, nor are you a country bumkin…so to whom are you trying to appeal with these outrageous remarks? These type of comments only foment and encourage abuse and misunderstanding of this breed as well as actual dog fighting. Kind of like Rush Limbaugh does for the crazy right!
    Do you want to become the Rush Limbaugh to the rescue community?

    I have personally been involved in saving Pits from fight rings in Texas and California and in fact have one in my personal pack who was used as a ‘bait dog’ in a fight ring…a sweet, young puppy who is now a sweet adult dog!

    Outraged and hurt,
    Jennifer Lee Pryor

  • http://www.pryorsplanet.com Jennifer Lee Pryor

    TO CHRIS ROCK:
    SO ironic that you are talking about your poor, scalding scalp, and how it burned from all those chemicals…when you are completely clueless when it comes to how those innocent dogs suffered while being tortured by Michael Vick!

    We were on the front page of Variety today and the timing is unfortunate for it comes the same day I am forced to write this letter!

    Richard and I established Pryor’s Planet, a non-profit, before he passed, for the purpose of rescuing and rehabilitating homeless and abused or neglected dogs, so they can go into loving, forever homes! PRYOR’S PLANET is an all breed rescue: which means, we rescue everything from little white, fluffy dogs to Pitbulls.
    We currently have 40 dogs we are caring for while they await their forever homes.

    Among these 40 dogs, Pryor’s Planet has 7 Pitbulls (actually American Staffordshire Terriers), all of whom are receiving care and training while they await their forever homes, at great expense I might add! Each one is a sweet and affectionate dog who was mistreated, or dumped or neglected all because of their breed! These are sentient, thinking beings with real feelings.
    SOMEONE PUT THIS ON MY FACE BOOK PAGE THIS MORNING:
    Chris asks, “What did Vick do? Pit bulls aren’t real dogs anyway.” If he doesn’t understand at this point then I guess he never will. If you’re taking Vick’s side, it’s unforgivable. This is as bad as if a white guy on a 50′s talk show defended killing a black man. “I mean, it’s not like he’s a real human. What did he do?”

    Regarding those comments Chris: “What did Michael Vick do? Pitbulls aren’t even real dogs!”
    What Michael Vick did was torture, drown, electrocute and murder several dogs all for fun and for profit! He went to prison for FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY! That’s what he did!

    Because of your insensitive and ignorant remarks that you made on The Jay Leno Show,The David Letterman show and various public forums and websites; I have notified my attorney and Bill Condon directly that I don’t want you, Chris Rock, associated with the Richard Pryor Bio Pic—UNLESS, you find a way to retract and apologize for these comments in some public way.
    Clearly this is part of your latest stand-up routine which frankly, would not make Richard laugh!

    Richard knew you and I know you, Chris, you are not from the streets, nor are you a country bumkin…so to whom are you trying to appeal with these outrageous remarks? These type of comments only foment and encourage abuse and misunderstanding of this breed as well as actual dog fighting. Kind of like Rush Limbaugh does for the crazy right!
    Do you want to become the Rush Limbaugh to the rescue community?

    I have personally been involved in saving Pits from fight rings in Texas and California and in fact have one in my personal pack who was used as a ‘bait dog’ in a fight ring…a sweet, young puppy who is now a sweet adult dog!

    Outraged and hurt,
    Jennifer Lee Pryor

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    So I think Marlon Wayans is perfect for the role. Here’s why: Though Pryor was an idol/role mdel for both Murphy AND Wayans, Murphy became one of his contemporaries before Pryor’s passing. He does an amazing impersonation of Pryor, as seen in “Raw,” but that would detract from the role. It’d be like Eddie Murhpy impersonating Pryor, not playing the role. Also playing a young Pryor would be harder for Eddie as he’s not young anymore himself. Wayans I can only imagine throwing everything he’s learned and every bit of talent into portraying Pryor as not only a comedian but as the flawed individual Pryor knew himself to be. I think Marlon will do a great job, and I just hope that he takes a cue from Jamie Foxx, and does it with his heart.

  • Dedpool

    So I think Marlon Wayans is perfect for the role. Here’s why: Though Pryor was an idol/role mdel for both Murphy AND Wayans, Murphy became one of his contemporaries before Pryor’s passing. He does an amazing impersonation of Pryor, as seen in “Raw,” but that would detract from the role. It’d be like Eddie Murhpy impersonating Pryor, not playing the role. Also playing a young Pryor would be harder for Eddie as he’s not young anymore himself. Wayans I can only imagine throwing everything he’s learned and every bit of talent into portraying Pryor as not only a comedian but as the flawed individual Pryor knew himself to be. I think Marlon will do a great job, and I just hope that he takes a cue from Jamie Foxx, and does it with his heart.