RICHARD PRYOR'S & JIM BROWN'S FRIENDSHIP:
The late Richard Pryor and NFL great Jim Brown were once close friends and Brown always looked after him, he made sure no one ever took advantage of him. Pryor showed his gratitude by giving Brown a executive position with his "Indigo Productions" film company.
At the time, Pryor was the only black celebrity who had a film production company in Hollywood, funded by a white corporation for $50 million dollars. I've heard from sources that Brown wanted to produce "The Color Purple" and "Purple Rain" through the company but Pryor vetoed him.
In his book, "Out Of Bounds," Brown says, "I learned a lot about drugs through Richard Pryor. Although I didn't indulge, when Richard was hitting the pipe, he never came by and rarely called."
"I'd drive to Richard's house and we'd talk for hours, I would try to convince him to enter the hospital but he was not a man to push."
Later, when Pryor had his freebase accident. Brown would visit him at the hospital. He states that Richard's relationship with his family was unclear. He couldn't understand how anyone could love him (including women) and often said, "How could a motherfucker like me get these fine bitches?" They don't really love me. They want my money." Richard was equally paranoid towards his family, he was certain that they were after his money.
Brown alleges, he received a call from one of Richard's relatives asking for the combination to Richard's safe. Richard told Brown not to give him the combination.
"Richard was so weak, he could barely write. His family called me again and said they needed $25,000 to pay bills. I had to talk Richard into writing a check. But his family came to resent me. I had refused to give them the combination to the safe."
"Then it came apart. I had been the one the family had to go through for money and I made crucial decisions on his behalf. One day, Richard told his family that I had become like a father to him."
"One afternoon, Richard asked me to come by the hospital. When I arrived, his family hardly looked at me. Richard was upset, I asked him, what's up? He said, "Well, look, I don't think I really need you anymore. I think my family can take care of everything." My mouth fell slightly open, when I regained my composure, I said okay and left."