Queen Latifah was apparently so good at pretending to die that she had to include a ‘no death’ clause in her acting contracts, in hopes of getting at least a couple of sequels under her belt.
The Hollywood star is known and loved for her ability to switch between showing off her comedy prowess with roles in films such as Girls Trip, and tackling grittier roles in TV shows like The Equalizer.
However, in the early days of Latifah’s acting career, she was perhaps best known for being killed off on-screen, with her character Cleo Sims famously meeting a grisly demise in 1996’s Set It Off, as well as in 1998’s Sphere, and 1999’s The Bone Collector.
It got to a point where Latifah had enough of croaking it on-screen and so took action behind-the-scenes.
In a recent interview, she said of her ‘dying’ skills and so-called ‘no death’ stipulation: ‘No, I noticed I was too good at it, so it’s kind of a running joke.’
‘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!”’
However, Latifah jokingly added while chatting to Entertainment Tonight: ‘But, I mean, of course, for the right price, you know. She dies! That s**t’s in the script, you know?’
Latifah, 52, will next appear in Netflix’s action thriller End of the Road, which follows a recent widow who drives her family cross-country to start a new life. However, cut off from help in the New Mexico desert, they must learn to fight back when they become the targets of a mysterious killer.
It will see the former rapper star in the lead role of Brenda alongside Ludacris and Beau Bridges.
In recent weeks, Latifah has been spotted filming scenes for season three of The Equalizer, a TV spin-off of the film franchise which starred Denzel Washington and a reboot of the former series.
End of The Road arrives on Netflix this Friday.
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