Quincy Jones’ eyebrow-raising interview with Vulture revealed a lot of things: his relationship with the Trumps, his feelings on the state of music today, and he even said Michael Jackson stole music. He also shared a claim about the late Richard Pryor: that the comedian had sex with The Godfather star Marlon Brando.
Jones’ claims seemed a bit hyperbolic—he also said Brando would, and I quote, “fuck a mailbox.” But Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, confirmed to TMZ that Pryor and Brando did, in fact, hook up.
In his interview, Jones said that Brando was “the most charming motherfucker you ever met,” and he would “fuck anything.” By anything, he meant anyone: “He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye,” Jones said.
The interviewer, David Marchese, seemed incredulous. “He slept with them? How do you know that?” Marchese asked. Jones laughed and said, “Come on, man. He did not give a fuck!” Jones then immediately and inexplicably steered the conversation to Brazilian music.
Jones’ wild interview has been feeding the internet fodder machine all day, but TMZ’s assertion that this particular tidbit is true is something else. According to Pryor’s widow, he would not have been shamed by the revelation. In fact, she thinks he would be “cracking up” if he heard Jones “spilling the tea” like he did today. She adds that Pryor was “always very open about his bisexuality with friends, and documented it extensively in diaries.” Those diaries are set to be published by her later this year.
But TMZ pushed for a more specific confirmation: did Pryor and Brando really get down? Her answer is great, and comes with the second reference to having sex with an inanimate object that you’ll hear today (which is likely two more than there has ever been, so, there’s that.)
“It was the '70s!” Jennifer said. “Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you'd fuck a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”
Well, damn. And we all thought being a '90s kid was something to brag about.