Adiós Amigo (1975) | Richard Pryor Fred Williamson

Adiós Amigo is a 1975 American comedy-western film written, produced and directed by Fred Williamson, who also stars in the lead role. The film co-stars Richard Pryor.

The idea for the project came from Pryor’s initial frustration of being rejected from starring in Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles after collaborating with him on the screenplay, and Williamson’s dislike of the finished film, which he considered silly. The goal was to make a comedy that would still be realistic to its Western setting, and which would allow Pryor to work without restraint. The initial script was only 12 pages, with Williamson encouraging Pryor to ad-lib scenarios in a suggested scene. Principal photography took only nine days.

Ultimately, both Williamson and Pryor were disappointed with the results. “I wanted to give him an idea, a concept, and then just turn the light on him and let him do whatever he wanted. You know what they say about comedians – that you can just open the refrigerator door and the light comes on, the jokes roll on out. Well, Richard’s light didn’t come on,” said Williamson. Pryor, in an interview with Ebony shortly after the movie came out, said “Tell them I apologize. Tell them I needed some money. Tell them I promise not to do it again.” – Wikipedia

In 1982, Richard Pryor would star in THE TOY.

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