Friday, February 27, 2009

He CAN Do It - Eddie Murphy To Play Richard Pryor in Biopic.

Let's face it.  Other than his voice work in animated classics like Shrek and Mulan, Eddie Murphy hasn't made a quality film in the better part of 2 decades.  I cringe every time I see a preview for anything new he is in (Meet Dave anyone?).  But it only takes a few seconds to goggle some clips of Murphy's stand up to remind us that he was once a great comedian. Delerious and Raw are assuredly on most comedyphile's top ten list of greatest routines of all time.  He can be that great again if he wanted, but he has been rutted in the family-film genre too long for most to remember anything else.  All of that may be about to change.  Fox Searchlight has announced the bipic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said and Murphy is set to play Pryor.  If there is any doubt about Murphy's ability to fill the role, one need look no farther that Raw where he describes wanting to be Pryor from a very young age and does an entire bit as Pryor (see vid below).  This will be Eddie Murphy's time to shine.  Failure is not an option and likely, not even a possibility.  Enjoy.

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