Oscar-winning “Precious” star tells CNN’s Don Lemon “the phone was ringing and the scripts were coming”
Daniels comments essentially confirmed reports that
“It wasn’t that I was blackballed like Mr. Daniels said… the phone was ringing and the scripts were coming but the offers that were associated with them made me say ‘I can’t accept that,’” she explained, adding that taking such offers would have sent a negative message to other African-American women.
“If we continue to accept these low offers, how do we make a change?” she asked.
During her interview, a clip was played of “Empire” creator Daniels’ appearance on CNN the previous night. In that interview, Daniels told Lemon that Mo’Nique hadn’t “played ball” and didn’t understand the business of Hollywood — which ultimately caused her to fade from the spotlight.
“I think that there were demands that were made on the ‘Precious’ campaign that everyone knows hurt her. I told her that,” said the director. “You’ve gotta play ball. This is not just show — it is show business.”
She continued, “There were no demands, there was a request from the movie studio that I fly to France for the Cannes Film Festival. I simply said, ‘I respectfully decline.'”
She explained that she was busy working on her late-night talk show on BET and had additional responsibilities as “a wife and a mommy.”
“I had a couple of days downtime and I wanted to spend that with my husband and my kids,” she said. However,
According to the actress, the studio responded that it would never pay for anyone to do promotional work for a movie, and
“It really wasn’t about the money and I am not complaining because I signed up to do it
But that’s when trouble started brewing and reports came out that she was being “demanding and difficult,” she said.
As for Daniels’ evaluation of her actions at the time, he told Lemon on Wednesday night: “Sometimes artists get in their own way.”
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