Nick Cannon has all but confirmed he will play Richard Pryor in a movie biopic about the legendary comic.
The “America’s Got Talent” host was asked about rumors he would portray the late comedian during a Wednesday appearance on TMZ Live, especially since Cannon posted a side-by-side photo of himself and Pryor on Instagram the previous day.
“Here’s the thing. There have been a lot of people out there who’ve discussed playing this role,” the 33-year-old said. “I never want to jinx anything because you guys know how movies work. If it’s not in production, it’s not real. So all I’ll say is that I’m doing the work right now. I’m doing everything that I need to do to embody it when the opportunity is right.”
The “Drumline” star mentioned he has had conversations about the film with reported director Lee Daniels.
“I’ve definitely sat with Lee, who’s a close friend, and we actually worked quite a bit on getting it right.”
Cannon noted that even if he's too superstitious to confirm landing the role, he is already prepping for the part.
“(I’ve got) the hair, I’m growing all of this out,” he said, referring to his facial hair. “I’m looking like I’m 40 years old. I’m chain-smoking. I told Lee the one thing I’m not going to do is freebase,” he laughed. “I’m not going that far.”
Richard Pryor, who passed away from a heart attack at age 65 in 2005, was well-known for his pioneering comedy act and his troubles with substance abuse.
Cannon was then asked to tip his hat if the TMZ Live hosts were wrong about him playing Richard Pryor. The actor didn’t touch his fedora, but instead flashed a big smile.