The Baby Moguls, Abbie Hoffman, and Me
The first time I met Richard Pryor, he was close to dead drunk. A tumbler of Scotch in hand, he stumbled into his home office, where I had been waiting for some time with Thom Mount and Sean Daniel—two executives at Universal Studios—and, after the briefest of introductions, turned to Daniel, stared at him for a second, and said, “You don’t like me, do you?”
Daniel made a nervous denial, asserting that he liked the comic—who was then by far Universal’s highest-grossing star—very much. Very, very much. Richard wasn’t buying it. Apparently, Daniel had been on the set of Pryor’s most recent movie, and although the men had barely talked, the highly intuitive comedian read something in the exec’s eyes.
About the Author
Roger L. Simon is the CEO of Pajamas Media and the author of many novels and screenplays.