6. "eddie had many more iconic roles" In response to Reply # 0
48 hours, trading places, coming to america, beverly hills cops, nutty professor, life, boomerang, outside all his kid-friendly movies.
Rich had more throwaway roles that bring his career down. But outside of the ones mentioned, i loved Bustin Loose, Stir Crazy, and Silver Streak and his cameos in Car Wash and Bingo and the Traveling Allstars.
7. "I liked Pryor more as an actor but Murphy had the better career" In response to Reply # 0
Not sure if it was his advantage in the looks department or better timing or just better roles but from a career perspective, I don't think it's very close.
However I think a lot of Pryor's talent was wasted as a result of not having those same advantages. This is maybe like a Sam Cooke vs Otis Redding type argument. I dunno. Let's face it Pryor was in some weird spots, I had heard (from someone who worked at a high level in Motown films and other studios) that Pryor did so much blow and, as a result, borrowed so much from the studio that he did Car Wash and Bingo of All Stars as a two for one.
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11. "pryor laid the ground work for Eddie" In response to Reply # 7
and at the time to being a funny Brother you had to have the white side kick and pryor felt most of his films were jive however he wanted to cash in for when he toured and the albums he put out.
when Pryor got more film roles IMO the edge of him was gone much like when DR J went from the ABA to the NBA. while still bad and still One of the Greats, not quite the same as that leaper he was and the same with pryor from the mid 70's to sunset blvd era Pryor.
Eddie didn't have to share from the golden child onward.
Pryor did alot of blow indeed and yeah that is true he made trade offs because he was hitting that "Sugar Wind" like it was no business
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Eddie Murphy made a movie where the hero was Black, the main bad guy white, and all the good people in the middle were Asian. He made it funny and made money doing it. I don't think there's another actor who could have pulled that off so well at that time.