very good movie, but confused....
I was just watching Jo Jo Dancer, and I know that Jo Jo was just an image of Richard Pryor's real life, but I got a lot of questions I need to ask, so bear with me.....
1. First of all, why didn't Richard wanted to use his real name or real hometown for the film? Was he too ashamed or what?
2. Richard's mother passed away in 1967 when he was 27 years old. His father died a year later. But in the movie, it seemed like his father lived a lot longer, though they didn't show much of him after that conflict in the kitchen/living room.
3. In the movie, Richard was just starting comedy right after he quit his day job. But in real life, he was already a comic before his mother's passing. He was on Broadway Tonight back in 1964 and I thought that was when he got his start. When he moved out of town to do stand up, he acted so nervous like it was his first time getting on stage, but he's done comedy a little before that.
4. What was Richard still doing living at home? I read somewhere that he bought his parents a house, but the father claimed it was his.
5. Was one of his wives really was a dancer/stripper?
6. How come they didn't show any parts of him firing the gun on his wife's tires or whatever.
7. Where was his children? By 1967, he had already had over 3 kids
8. Why did Richard seem so nervous when he was young? It seemed like everytime he said something, he was scared. But as he got older, he was a bit calmer.
9. And is it me, or does this movie just make you feel a lot better about yourself, due to the fact that even the most magnficant people in the world go through tough times? It's a very sad and funny film, but it also teaches you that you can change your life, follow your dreams and make a difference. Like my grandmother said, "Every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a lot of dirt to get there"
Anywho, please send some answers. I need to get this straighten out.