Richard Pryor’s Widow Gives Mike Epps Go Ahead to Play Pryor In Movie
According to TMZ, Epps called Jennifer Pryor and asked for her approval.
Jennifer Pryor spoke to TMZ, expressing that she was touched by the gesture, saying,
”That was very sweet and respectful that he called me first. I am happy that they picked him. He is a real good guy.”
The role that Epps called Pryor’s widow about is that of Richard Pryor in the new film about the famous jazz singer, Nina Simone.
In being respectful to Pryor’s widow, Epps may have secured a future gig because when Jennifer Pryor spoke to TMZ, they report that she is considering him to play her husband in a Richard Pryor biopic that is in the pipelines. She said that she may not have even thought of him, had he not called her as a courtesy.
While the movie portraying Pryor’s life is still only in the development phase, Jennifer, who will be producing the film, says that she believes that Epps will do a great job and can do an “authentic portrayal” of Pryor.
Curiously, Mrs. Pryor was very candid about one particular person she was certain would not be playing her husband, under any circumstances-Eddie Murphy. She said,
”Having Eddie Murphy play Richard Pryor would be like having Al Jolson play Malcolm X.”
(Jolson is white actor known for his black-face portrayals.)
Mrs. Pryor emphasized that her husband would not want to be played by Murphy, saying,
“He would want someone authentic like himself.”