Friday, March 25, 2016

Adiós Amigo (1976)

Released in 1976, Adiós Amigo was created following Richard Pryor's negative experience on the film Blazing Saddles. He had collaborated with Mel Brooks on the Blazing Saddles script and had planned on being cast as the town's new sheriff but his on screen involvement was snubbed. Pryor expressed this frustration to Fred Williamson, who disliked Brook's film for being too silly. Williamson wanted to provide Pryor a vehicle that would spotlight his comedic talents while also being an action packed western.

Proving very committed to the project, Williamson served as the screen writer, producer, director (this being the second feature he directed), as well as taking on a lead acting role. Allegedly the initial script was very brief, only a few pages in length, with Williamson hoping that Pryor could fill in the blanks with ad-libbed, improv comedy. Unfortunately, neither of the two principals were very enthusiastic about the completed film with Pryor even apologizing for it in a 1976 Ebony interview.

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