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Nick Cannon has officially been given the green light to play the late comedian Richard Pryor by none other than his very own son, Richard Pryor Jr.
According to TMZ, Pryor Jr. was initially unsure about how much justice Cannon would do the legacy of their father, who died in 2005. He and his sister, Rain Pryor, were rooting for Marlon Wayans to land the role in the upcoming Lee Daniels biopic.
But, according to The New York Post’s Page Six, a phone conversation with Cannon has caused Pryor Jr. to have a change of heart.
“He changed my mind by how he is delving into it…He did the small thing of using his left hand instead of his right hand, he picked up smoking to try and emulate my dad, he’s let his hair grow out…he’s looking into who my dad really was, looking into his childhood, who he was raised by and around, and he is interested in talking to me about who my dad was,” said Pryor Jr.
Cannon has not officially been given the role, but has made his interest clear on several occasions, including a recent interview on TMZ Live, where he said “I’m doing the work right now…I want to do it the right way.”
See Nick Cannon's interview with TMZ Live here:
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