Actress Mo'nique Fires Back At Director Lee Daniels Regarding His Comments Made During A CNN Interview
|Actress Mo'nique Fires Back At Director Lee Daniels Regarding|
His Comments Made During A CNN Interview
The issue? Whether or not the actress was blackballed by Hollywood following her Oscar-winning role in 2009's Precious.
He alleges the star made outrageous demands while working working on Precious and "didn't play the game."
"She was making unreasonable demands, and she wasn’t thinking — this was w
hen reverse racism was happening, I think," Daniels said.
"You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studio, and she didn’t understand that. I love her, I’ve spoken to her. She’s brilliant, and I love working with brilliant people."
Daniels said he believes Mo'Nique got in her own way and the demands she made on the Precious campaign ultimately hurt her.
He added that he didn't believe the lull in her career had anything to do with race.
Mo'Nique fired back with an interview of her own on Thursday, saying she received plenty of work after Precious, but it wasn't the right work.
"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 told Lemon on "CNN Tonight," adding that taking such roles would have sent a negative message to other black actresses.
She asked, "If we continue to accept these low offers, how do we make change?"