Again

In a Huffington Post-ed AP interview, Mo’Nique is asked about “a lot of talk about you not showing up early on to promote Precious because you were worried about money.” And she replies as follows:

“Well, when they say Mo’Nique was worried about money, I wasn’t worried about money. Mo’Nique has a talk show that comes on five nights a week and she tapes six times a week for that talk show. And yes, when I leave my home, I leave my home and get paid to leave my home, so I wasn’t worried about money. They simply said, ‘You know, well Mo’Nique we can’t pay you to do that.’ [And] we said, ‘OK, baby. Well, then, that’s not something we can do.’ Because, when I leave out, why ever would I go do something for free when I can go and do something and bring money back home to my family?”

75 thoughts on “Again

  1. googs on said:

    i totally get what she means. she recently announced she’s doing a stand up tour. it’s not like she’s going to lose fans if she doesn’t show up to some stupid press luncheons to answer questions that like 5 people online end up reading. Even if she wins the Oscar it’s not going to effect her career. She clearly has no interest in becoming that kind of actress.

  2. I don’t think anyone is arguing Mo’Nique is using the Oscar buzz to make money. What is she going to do after this film?

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  3. Team Wells on this issue. That’s annoying. Starting with referring to herself in the third person.

    At this point giving her the Oscar is like giving an MVP award to Yankees groundskeeper who accidentally stepped up to the plate one game and hit that fucker out of the park, then blew off the rest of the team, the fans, and turned down a salaried spot on the team to go back to sweeping the third base line. (Worst analogy ever.)

  4. I heard she was on the short list for Mendes’ new Bond girl but due to a lack of Oscar campaigning she was regretfully removed.

  5. I like how everybody focuses on one tiny part of what she said — “I get paid to do work” — and ignores the other part, the context that explains what she’s saying — “I work six days a week on my TV show”.

    It’s pretty clear that at least *part* of what she’s saying is, “If I’m going to leave my house [ie: my family] for work, I’m not going to do it for free.” I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that at all. I can understand why the posters here wouldn’t like that, but I can’t understand Jeff’s problem with it — Jeff does this blog in order to get paid to do something he wants to do anyway. When was the last time somebody said, “Hey, Jeff, I know you were planning on hanging out with your kids this week, but can you write us an article for free instead? It’s more prestigious than a blog!!!” Never happens.

  6. I think this issue divides those who live in LA or have actual movie-industry/Oscar interests/connections, and those who just like movies and don’t give a shit.

    I’ve never lived in LA, never going to, and I couldn’t give two shits about “insider biz” crap. I just love good movies, full stop. so if Monique doesn’t give a shit about any of that suck-up crap either, I commend her. But I can understand why professionals in the industry might get their noses bent out of shape.

  7. Gordn27, I know you can never miss an opportunity to wag your finger at Jeff, but do you have any clue as to how the film industry works? That’s what movie stars do. They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work, and for that money they are expected to do some promotion. It’s part of the game, a game that Mo’nique is clearly unwilling to play. Do you realize how many assistants and PA’s starve and work for free, missing time with loved ones and family, just to get a foothold in the industry? And Mo’Nique can’t be bothered to even shave her legs for an honor that most of us in the film industry can only dream about.

    I don’t care how distasteful you find Jeff’s commentary to be, he’s not wrong on this one.

  8. “Do you realize how many assistants and PA’s starve and work for free, missing time with loved ones and family, just to get a foothold in the industry?”

    No one’s forcing them to do that.

  9. Monument, I think you (and those of your mindset) are too personally close to this to realize that it’s actually a minor details (minor at least as it seems to you) that is really the important thing in this whole thing.

    You love (or are involved in, at least) the movie industry so much, and to such a degree, that you take this all personally. However, the “small” detail is this: I don’t think Monique gives a damn about being “that kind of actress”, as googs said above. That might be hard for people to understand who would give their left arm to be an Oscar-winning dramatic star, but if she doesn’t want that, why should she have to? If she’s happy with the life she has, making good money in comedy/tv show stuff (which is her total background), what’s wrong with that? So she gave a good performance and she’s being recognized for it – that’s great, and I’m sure she appreciates the recognition, but if its comes with a “game”, and strings attached that she doesn’t want, and she’s fine with losing that stuff, why judge her?

  10. Monument wrote:

    “They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work, and for that money they are expected to do some promotion.”

    Mo”Nique did not get paid that much money. The budget for the movie was ten million dollars. I would expect she probably got a few hundred thousand at best. For a stand up comedian like Mo’Nique who also has a talk show the real cash is in her talk show and stand up tours not doing free press for others to make more money off her promoting their product. It’s called show “business”. Really do the oscars really matter anyway? Like James Camerons going to be really bummed if his picture that grossed over two billion dollars doesn’t win an Oscar. Come on guys. Get real.

  11. Monument wrote:

    “They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work, and for that money they are expected to do some promotion.”

    Mo”Nique did not get paid that much money. The budget for the movie was ten million dollars. I would expect she probably got a few hundred thousand at best. For a stand up comedian like Mo’Nique who also has a talk show the real cash is in her talk show and stand up tours not doing free press for others to make more money off her promoting their product. It’s called show “business”. Really do the oscars really matter anyway? Like James Camerons going to be really bummed if his picture that grossed over two billion dollars doesn’t win an Oscar. Come on guys. Get real.

  12. For me as a fan this is about Team Spirit and playing the game to help promote the movie that she and many, many others worked on. From a purely business point of view the publicity could even help her and her show gain fans and listeners. Doing interviews and making appearances is not for the Academy members who get special screenings and are courted by the studios in more direct ways — its for the movie going public. There is certainly a level of personal sacrifice involved. Nobody know this better than the others nominated in her category and in Chris Waltz’s who know they won’t win but are doing their share for free.

  13. For me as a fan this is about Team Spirit and playing the game to help promote the movie that she and many, many others worked on. From a purely business point of view the publicity could even help her and her show gain fans and listeners. Doing interviews and making appearances is not for the Academy members who get special screenings and are courted by the studios in more direct ways — its for the movie going public. There is certainly a level of personal sacrifice involved. Nobody know this better than the others nominated in her category and in Chris Waltz’s who know they won’t win but are doing their share for free.

  14. Aw, c’mon … that’s a funny and brilliant response from a bracingly honest woman. She simply doesn’t give a shit about what the entertainment industry expects her to do. Even if Hollywood makes a hoop big enough to accomodate her, she ain’t jumping through it.

    And I love it.

  15. Aw, c’mon … that’s a funny and brilliant response from a bracingly honest woman. She simply doesn’t give a shit about what the entertainment industry expects her to do. Even if Hollywood makes a hoop big enough to accomodate her, she ain’t jumping through it.

    And I love it.

  16. Monument: “They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work, and for that money they are expected to do some promotion. It’s part of the game, a game that Mo’nique is clearly unwilling to play.”

    You’re kidding, right? Where in the world do you think Mo’Nique was paid a large salary to do Precious? And wrong again on her being so “clearly unwilling to play.”

    I’ve interviewed Mo’Nique twice on press and satellite tours for two different projects (Hair Show and Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance) so yes, she does know how to play the game and yes, she does do press and yes, she is “clearly willing TO play.”

    This is getting BORING.

  17. Monument: “They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work, and for that money they are expected to do some promotion. It’s part of the game, a game that Mo’nique is clearly unwilling to play.”

    You’re kidding, right? Where in the world do you think Mo’Nique was paid a large salary to do Precious? And wrong again on her being so “clearly unwilling to play.”

    I’ve interviewed Mo’Nique twice on press and satellite tours for two different projects (Hair Show and Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance) so yes, she does know how to play the game and yes, she does do press and yes, she is “clearly willing TO play.”

    This is getting BORING.

  18. “This is getting BORING.”

    Agreed. I want to read Jeff’s Cop Out review. Supposedly he saw it last night but no word on it yet. I don’t know why but I have a slight suspicion he might have liked it.

  19. “This is getting BORING.”

    Agreed. I want to read Jeff’s Cop Out review. Supposedly he saw it last night but no word on it yet. I don’t know why but I have a slight suspicion he might have liked it.

  20. “but do you have any clue as to how the film industry works? ”

    Yeah; most movie stars won’t promote small movies they star in unless they’ve negotiated some additional pay for it and its built into their contracts.

    “They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work,”

    She got paid a small amount of money to do the acting; most of her money, as she points out, comes from the TV show that she stars in and produces. Suggesting it’s not a lot of work is ridiculous.

    “and for that money they are expected to do some promotion.”

    If you expect them to do it and it’s not in the contract, you can keep on expecting as long as you want.

    “Do you realize how many assistants and PA’s starve and work for free, missing time with loved ones and family, just to get a foothold in the industry?”

    Of course. But it’s unrelated to the situation; the idea that they do that doesn’t make it right, nor does it make Monique required to do the same.

  21. “but do you have any clue as to how the film industry works? ”

    Yeah; most movie stars won’t promote small movies they star in unless they’ve negotiated some additional pay for it and its built into their contracts.

    “They get paid tons of money to do what amounts to a small amount of work,”

    She got paid a small amount of money to do the acting; most of her money, as she points out, comes from the TV show that she stars in and produces. Suggesting it’s not a lot of work is ridiculous.

    “and for that money they are expected to do some promotion.”

    If you expect them to do it and it’s not in the contract, you can keep on expecting as long as you want.

    “Do you realize how many assistants and PA’s starve and work for free, missing time with loved ones and family, just to get a foothold in the industry?”

    Of course. But it’s unrelated to the situation; the idea that they do that doesn’t make it right, nor does it make Monique required to do the same.

  22. What does she get out of campaigning? An oscar? A meaningless award (meaningless at least to her)? When you are working all the time like she is, why go out of your way to do something your not getting anything from?

    Also, while I can’t completely defend her use of the third person, she is referring to “Monique” the brand and company.

  23. What does she get out of campaigning? An oscar? A meaningless award (meaningless at least to her)? When you are working all the time like she is, why go out of your way to do something your not getting anything from?

    Also, while I can’t completely defend her use of the third person, she is referring to “Monique” the brand and company.

  24. Understandable . . . but If I were her, I’d look at this “something for free” as an investment in my career. Being a team player who takes the time out to promote, yes herself, but also the movie . . . that usually leads to a few more ‘paycheck’ gigs with more opportunities to bring money back home to her family.

    Ultimately, I don’t care . . . either about her campaigning or for the movie itself.

  25. Understandable . . . but If I were her, I’d look at this “something for free” as an investment in my career. Being a team player who takes the time out to promote, yes herself, but also the movie . . . that usually leads to a few more ‘paycheck’ gigs with more opportunities to bring money back home to her family.

    Ultimately, I don’t care . . . either about her campaigning or for the movie itself.

  26. LexG that was the worst analogy ever. Respectfully, I loved it.

    BTW, I can personally attest that Jen Yamato transcribes and does a lot of that stuff you mentioned in a post from earlier this week, in addition to seeing movies. She works as hard or harder than anybody I know. (I’m not busting your chops, just mentioning her movie intake is not entirely unfettered by other responsibilities.)

  27. LexG that was the worst analogy ever. Respectfully, I loved it.

    BTW, I can personally attest that Jen Yamato transcribes and does a lot of that stuff you mentioned in a post from earlier this week, in addition to seeing movies. She works as hard or harder than anybody I know. (I’m not busting your chops, just mentioning her movie intake is not entirely unfettered by other responsibilities.)

  28. You guys talk about this as if she wasn’t doing ANY promotion or ANY interviews or showing up for ANY awards shows. And she’s doing a lot of the above. It’s not like she’s boycotting the whole process. In the end we are talking about her skipping the New York critics’ awards to do her talk show as if she’d deliberately skipped her kid’s championship softball game or something. You could argue that an actor has an obligation to do some promotional appearances. You can’t argue that an actor has an obligation to do EVERY promotional appearance. And maybe it would be “smart” to show up for a single critics’ banquet, but I’m still baffled as to how that counts as “morally obligatory.”

  29. You guys talk about this as if she wasn’t doing ANY promotion or ANY interviews or showing up for ANY awards shows. And she’s doing a lot of the above. It’s not like she’s boycotting the whole process. In the end we are talking about her skipping the New York critics’ awards to do her talk show as if she’d deliberately skipped her kid’s championship softball game or something. You could argue that an actor has an obligation to do some promotional appearances. You can’t argue that an actor has an obligation to do EVERY promotional appearance. And maybe it would be “smart” to show up for a single critics’ banquet, but I’m still baffled as to how that counts as “morally obligatory.”

  30. Okay, so Mo didn’t get paid a shitload of money for her work in Precious, and she wasn’t getting offered what she felt was enough for her to do the publicity merry-go-round. Okay, that’s fine. It’s selfish, but it’s fine.

    If Mo can’t figure out that the success of the movie will mean mo’ money for Mo down the line, in better salaries for future movies… and mo’ money from advertisers when there are mo’ viewers for Mo’s show… and how her quote improves mo’ with an Oscar nomination… and grows even mo’ if she wins… well, that’s fine, too.

    Not everyone can see the big picture, even if it’s spelled right out for them.

  31. Okay, so Mo didn’t get paid a shitload of money for her work in Precious, and she wasn’t getting offered what she felt was enough for her to do the publicity merry-go-round. Okay, that’s fine. It’s selfish, but it’s fine.

    If Mo can’t figure out that the success of the movie will mean mo’ money for Mo down the line, in better salaries for future movies… and mo’ money from advertisers when there are mo’ viewers for Mo’s show… and how her quote improves mo’ with an Oscar nomination… and grows even mo’ if she wins… well, that’s fine, too.

    Not everyone can see the big picture, even if it’s spelled right out for them.

  32. “I think this issue divides those who live in LA or have actual movie-industry/Oscar interests/connections, and those who just like movies and don’t give a shit.”

    Jeff doesn’t get it….maybe because he’s a Hollywood insider (writer)….but people in the ‘hood get it. Esp. in today’s economy. If you want somebody to do something which is going to enrich somebody else (Lee Daniels, et al), then get paid. You know she didn’t make any money on the front end of the movie….maybe on the back end….and besides, like it’s been stated — she’s a comedian, although I notice her new title is preceded by “actress”.

    When’s the next time you think she will appear in a movie? At IMDB she only has one movie coming out this year and nothing afterwards. So her phone aint ringing as if she was Penelope Cruz. So being the sole wage earner in her family, she’s looking to be paid for “events”. Of course, at awards season it doesn’t work like that, except maybe hotel & air fare are paid.

  33. “I think this issue divides those who live in LA or have actual movie-industry/Oscar interests/connections, and those who just like movies and don’t give a shit.”

    Jeff doesn’t get it….maybe because he’s a Hollywood insider (writer)….but people in the ‘hood get it. Esp. in today’s economy. If you want somebody to do something which is going to enrich somebody else (Lee Daniels, et al), then get paid. You know she didn’t make any money on the front end of the movie….maybe on the back end….and besides, like it’s been stated — she’s a comedian, although I notice her new title is preceded by “actress”.

    When’s the next time you think she will appear in a movie? At IMDB she only has one movie coming out this year and nothing afterwards. So her phone aint ringing as if she was Penelope Cruz. So being the sole wage earner in her family, she’s looking to be paid for “events”. Of course, at awards season it doesn’t work like that, except maybe hotel & air fare are paid.

  34. Caslab, you think she really needs to advertise her Precious role as an investment in her career? She likely gets paid more by doing just a few episodes of her BET show than Precious, and she clearly puts more focus on what she believes is the right career choice (which, if you haven’t figured it out by now, isn’t becoming an Oscar-bait actress).

    And, to the poster who called her “selfish”, she has attended the bulk of the awards shows and has done a fair bit of promotion.

    She just isn’t going to bend over backwards for these people, because if the campaign is why she wins and not the performance, all credibility in the award is lost.

    And the fact that she is putting what’s best for her family ahead of what pretentious Hollywood bloggers want is admirable, not resentful.

  35. Did anyone else actually laugh out lout when Lex (aka The Lexmeister or whatever stupid fucking name he gives himself) said referring to yourself in the third person is obnoxious?

    Because televisiontears did.

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