To be honest, the biopic is usually not my favorite kind of film. There is a tendency to trivialize, usually in the process of glorification, the figure that is being depicted. That's why I'm slightly worried about the Richard Pryor biopic in the works, considering how honest and brutal the man was as a stand-up.
But I'm still following the film and eagerly anticipating it in hopes that it is in capable hands. That's why I was interested in this piece the LA Times published about Marlon Wayans tackling the life story of arguably American's most influential comic voice.
Wayans touches on the elephant in the room, his transition from lowbrow comedian to dramatic actor…
"Look, I want to be able to make the stupidest movies ever, because they make people laugh and they make money," Wayans recently said with a smirk. "But that's not all I want to do. And I think I've proven to some people — the ones paying attention — that I can do more. Everybody else, well, they can wait and see and make up their mind."
If you're wondering what the film will look like (and here's to the earnest hope that it doesn't look exactly like every other biopic made), the film's producer Mark Gordon gave a brief explanation of the film's tone…
Gordon said the film will have "the light and the darkness" of Pryor's odyssey but that "it's a commercial film" and "a celebration of Pryor's life."
As popular and beloved as Pryor was, listening to one of his albums, it's hard to describe him as commercial, although he certainly was extremely profitable. I guess we'll see how this film turns out once it's out in theaters. You should read the whole article here.