Fay Vincent’s Story About Richard Pryor
Yesterday on the Mad Dog Show I had the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball on my show. Fay Vincent is one of the most intelligent men I’ve ever had a conversation with. I have never met him in person, but he’s been on the Mad Dog Show at least 30 times.
When he was on yesterday, he told me and the audience about his situation with Richard Pryor. Now, you have to know Fay Vincent was the 8th Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He also was in charge of Universal Studios along with many other enormous jobs. They were making the movie Stir Crazy with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. This is where the story gains traction.
The movie was taking a break and eating lunch. One of the movie hands was eating lunch and eating watermelon. So Pryor walks by and the guy asks him if he would like some watermelon. Richard Pryor got very angry and upset. He felt as though the movie hand was being insensitive and made a racial slur or comment. But that wasn’t the case at all. He was just really asking Pryor if he wanted to share some of his watermelon.
Pryor was so upset that he left the movie filming in New Mexico and flew back to LA. Fay Vincent had to instruct his right-hand man to go get Pryor back and offer him whatever he wanted. Thus, Pryor came back and received a big-time monetary boost, and Stir Crazy was finished. What a story!
The moral of the story is to lighten up, please!