ROGER STONE EXCLUSIVE: Last Night, I Dreamt of Richard Pryor

ROGER STONE EXCLUSIVE: Last Night, I Dreamt of Richard Pryor


I don’t often remember my dreams but was awakened at 4:30 AM by a weather alert on my cellphone for a storm that never transpired.

I knew Richard fairly well at one point. I worked with him from approximately 1979 for a couple of years on a film— “Bustin’ Loose”—that reached the theaters in 1981.

It was something of a long haul because this was during the time Pryor set himself ablaze from a crack pipe and shooting had to be interrupted.

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It was, not surprisingly, a rather rocky road, even for Hollywood. I was hired three times and fired twice on the film, partly, I suspect, at the behest of the NAACP that was pressuring Universal Studios to have all major participants on the biggest black production of the year be black, including the screenwriter.

Later, when the film won their Image Award—there wasn’t much competition in 1981—I was advised not to show up for the ceremony

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