Tough Year: Nick Cannon Overlooked For Richard Pryor Role In Favor Of Mike Epps

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First MiMi, now this?

Nick Cannon Denied Highly Coveted Richard Pryor Role

Mr. Cannon is just losing right and left these days. Apparently Nick wanted the role of Richard Pryor in his upcoming biopic so badly that he changed his appearance and habits to mimic those of the late comedic genius, just to prove to casting directors exactly how serious he was. Unfortunately, none of his tactics worked and Mike Epps was chosen instead…only weeks after he announced his split from Mariah. SMH. Via DailyMail:

First his marriage to Mariah Carey fell apart and now, after months of campaigning, Nick Cannon has lost the lead in an upcoming movie about his idol Richard Pryor.

The biopic’s director Lee Daniels announced that Mike Epps, 43, and not Nick, 33, will be playing the late comedian in an instagram posted on Saturday.

Daniels shared a smiling photo of his stars Epps and Oprah Winfrey – who will portray Pryor’s grandmother Marie Carter – that was certain to send an arrow to Nick’s heart.

‘And we’re off… Get ready y’all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah,’ Daniels tweeted.

Nick had been very vocal about wanting to play Pryor, who died in 2005 following a heart attack, and even convinced the late stand-up comic’s son that he was right for the part.

Nick was in talks to play Richard in the upcoming film, but Richard Jr. also voiced his concern over the America’s Got Talent host’s ability to do the role justice.

However, the late comedian’s son had a change of heart after he spoke to Nick on the phone, as PageSix.com reported.

‘I am actually very excited about it now. He changed my mind by how he is delving into it,’ Richard Jr. said.

‘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.’

Wow…we never heard anything about Mike Epps preparing this hard for the role.

Damn, homie. We’re pretty sure Nick Cannon is ready for 2014 to be over at this point.

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