In a cover story for Variety ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards, Oscar winner Mo’Nique reveals that she received just $50,000 and an inconsequential back-end deal for starring in Precious which went on to gross $47.5 million at the domestic box office.
“There was a backend, in all fairness. But the end it was behind, it was the double triple quadruple backend,” Mo’Nique explained.
She says she signed the contract because she trusted director Lee Daniels, who was a friend.
“Because Lee Daniels was my friend, he said, ‘This is what.’ And we said, ‘Okay.’ That movie made a lot of money all over the world. And again you have to ask yourself, ‘Why is it that we don’t take part in it [financially]?’ Myself and Gabourey Sidibe, we should have become multi-millionaires off that movie, had we been given the right information. We weren’t given the right information. If you’re not given the right information, it doesn’t allow you to negotiate fairly.
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