Mo'Nique cast in first drama

June 5, 2006 at 6:52 PM
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LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- The screenwriter for the upcoming film "Shadowboxer" reportedly removed his name from the script because comedian Mo'Nique was cast in it.

"It's my first dramatic role," said Mo'Nique, who was cast to play the part of a crack addict that was originally written for a white 23-year-old who is involved with a character played by Steven Dorff, The Los Angeles Daily News reported Monday.

"Monster's Ball" producer Lee Daniels is making his directorial debut with the film that also stars Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.

"I guess that writer thought that a good-looking white man could not possibly be in love with that big, pretty black woman," Mo'Nique said in an interview. "But it upset him so he had to walk away? Its like 'Wow, really? What part of America do you live in?'"

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