Eddie Murphy to play Richard Pryor in new biopic

February 28th, 2009 - 11:45 am ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 28 (ANI): Eddie Murphy will be stepping into the shoes of Richard Pryor for a new biopic, it has emerged.

Apparently the Meet Dave actor has given up his usual fee of 25 million dollars to take on the role of his idol.

Oscar-winning writer Bill Condon is reportedly involved in the project, reports The Sun.

Richard, who starred in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, battled drug addiction before suffering a fatal heart attack in 2005. He was 65.

He infamously set himself on fire in 1980 following a cocaine and booze binge.

The comedian later used the tale into his stand-up routine by waving a lit match and saying: “What’’s this? It’’s Richard Pryor running down the street.”(ANI)

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