Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 2010
SEX WORKER ROLE
Precious in Shadowboxer 2005
Character Exchanges Sex For Drugs (Kept Woman)
The movie “Shadowboxer” features Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr as a pair of hired assassins. They used to be step-mother and step-son. But with the husband/father out of the way, they have merged into lovers! Another oddball pairing in this film is one of the sub-plots. It features Joseph Gordon Levitt and Mo’Nique as a mob doctor (Dr. Don) and his crack-addicted nurse/lover (Precious). They have a relationship that goes way back (she put him through medical school). But the coupling seems to have evolved. Precious needs Dr. Don to keep feeding her habit, which Dr. Don knows. Sex for drugs is a form of sex work. So in exchange for her providing opportunistic sexual services, she gets to continue feeding her habit thanks to Dr. Don.
“Shadowboxer” was Lee Daniels’s directorial debut. The character breakdown of Precious (Mo’Nique’s role) initially was that of a skinny white woman. But Daniels had insisted on Mo’Nique. When the studios balked at the idea, Daniels replied: “Have you been in a chat room lately?”.
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