R | | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.
Reflecting on his own addictions, Richard Pryor said, "There's a reason they call alcohol 'spirits'. There are demons in all of us which booze and drugs awaken, which grow stronger the more we continue to use them." Before he could exorcise his own demons, Pryor first had to "hit the wall, bottom out". Then came a process of personal reflection like taking stock that Pryor called "taking inventory". He said, "When you mess up, and remember, you're talking to an expert, the only way to put that stuff behind you and get on with your life is to be brutally honest. Self-deception is one of the worst drugs there is." Out of his inventory emerged the first shadowy perception of the character of Jo Jo Dancer, and a decision to accept a challenge which he'd anticipated throughout his career, yet had frequently rejected.
Jo Jo Dancer:
I'm gonna write you, I'm gonna write you.
$4,879,107 (USA) (4 May 1986)