Queen Latifah will never die in her movies; it is in her contract.
The rapper-turned-actress does not want her characters to be killed off in her movies. So, she demands in her contracts to not be written off via a no-death clause, “Entertainment Tonight” reported.
Why Can’t Queen Latifah Die In Her Movies?
In her red carpet premiere of her Netflix action thriller “End of the Road,” featuring Ludacris, Queen Latifah told “ET” in an interview that her “no death” clause is intended to save her role for any possible sequels if the film she is starring were to succeed.
“I was like, ‘I don’t get to do any sequels if I keep being this good at [dying].’ So I said, ‘Look, you gotta put a no-death clause in these contracts so they can’t just kill me off like this. I’m never gonna get a sequel in!” she told “ET” of her strategic career movie.
“But, um, I mean, of course, for the right price, you know,” Latifah joked. “She dies! That s**t’s in the script, you know?”
Earlier in her acting career, Queen Latifah, whose net worth is about $20 million, was killed in films such as “Set It Off” in 1996, which made more than $40 million at the box office with a budge of $9 million; “Sphere” in 1998, which made about $80 million at the box offce; and “The Bone Collector” in 1999, which made more than $150 million at the box office with a budget a little less than $50 million.
Who else rarely dies in their movies?
It seems that Queen Latifah is not the only actor who requests not to be killed in her movies. According to IMDb, actors and actresses from Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Biel, and Scarlett Johansson. Michael B. Jordan said he stopped dying in his films as not to put his mother through the drama of viewing his “death” on the screen.
Building her Hollywood Power
Latifah starred as one of the few female MCs in the rap game, Latifah ventured early into film and TV. Her hit Fox sitcom “Living Single” aired from 1993 to 1998. By 2002, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Matron “Mama” Morton in the musical film “Chicago.”
Her music company Flavor Unit Entertainment expanded to work on music projects but also to produce films and television shows. In 2007, Queen Latifah produced the film “The Perfect Holiday,” in which she starred with fellow hip-hop artist LL Cool J. Today, she continued to produce and star in film and TV projects, such as the CBS action TV series “The Equalizer.”