Tracy Mor­gan’s vi­sion of heaven: Meet­ing Richard Pryor, Ge­orge Car­lin, Jackie Glea­son

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - BRYAN ALEXAN­DER

LOS ANGELES — When you sur­vive a near-fa­tal ac­ci­dent like Tracy Mor­gan did in 2014, you tend to have a sharper view of the af­ter­life.

He cer­tainly has a clear view of heaven, one of many un­con­ven­tional and frankly hi­lar­i­ous per­spec­tives he’s will­ing to share as he re­turns to film in the R-rated com­edy “Fist Fight” (in the­atres Fri­day).

“When I get to heaven, God is go­ing to slap me on the (bot­tom) and say ‘Good job! Your par­ents and grand­mom are back there wait­ing for you. Richard Pryor asked for you and Jackie Glea­son is look­ing for you,’ ” Mor­gan says. “And it’s like ‘John Len­non, come here, I wanna ask you some­thing!’ That’s how I en­vi­sion it. ‘Ge­orge Car­lin, is that you? Come here for a minute. Tell Je­sus to stop play­ing that mu­sic, turn it down!’ ”

On the in­spi­ra­tion for his gruff coach in Fist Fight

“Coach Ben Wright was my foot­ball coach and also a gym coach. He took it se­ri­ous. He didn’t want no ex­cuses. It was ‘Hit the track! I don’t care if your un­cle fixed my trans­mis­sion. Hit the track! I don’t care if your aunt braided my daugh­ter’s hair last night. Hit the track!’ ... He had a chipped tooth. I was ready to go there, I am a method ac­tor.” On his high school pranks “I gave this guy on my foot­ball team Ex-Lax and he thought it was choco­late. And he ate it. And he pooped him­self in eighth pe­riod. I was there . ... He was a big line­man. One time, I got my leg hurt be­cause he missed a block on pur­pose. It was re­venge. Wouldn’t you?

“We had the great­est high school years of any­one in the world. Imag­ine go­ing to high school with Tracy Mor­gan.” On get­ting older “I don’t jump out of bed in the morn­ing. I take my time. I’m not one of those new cars where you press start and it starts. I’m one of those old Buicks. You have to turn it over, let that thing run for a halfhour ... I gotta get warmed up.”

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