Oprah Set To Play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother In Lee Daniels’ New Biopic
Yesterday we got confirmation from Oprah that Mike Epps would be playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about the legendary comedian’s life.
Now we know why Oprah was the one to break the news.
According to TMZ reports:
Oprah Winfrey’s been cast to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother — a cruel and abusive lady pimp — in the upcoming biopic directed by O’s pal Lee Daniels.
Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, tells TMZ … Oprah got hold of the script, and was desperate to play Marie Carter — the woman who raised Pryor in her brothel in Peoria, Illinois … and who was known to beat him. As we told you … Mike Epps scored the Pryor role.
We’re told Oprah really wanted to play Grandma Carter because she’s anxious to show her gritty side — after her ‘Butler’ performance — and let’s face it … there’s not much grittier than an abusive grandma running a whorehouse while raising a kid.
This ought to be interesting.
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