"I was offered the role in The Butler that Oprah Winfrey played. I was also approached by Empire (producers) to be on Empire. And I was also offered the role as Richard Pryor's grandmother (in Lee Daniels' upcoming Pryor biopic). Each of those things that he offered me was taken off the table. They all just went away. But that's just part of the business, you know? I can't be upset at anybody, 'cause life is too good. It's just what it is." Oscar winner Mo'nique has lost a trio of roles in Lee Daniels projects after winning gold for her portrayal of Mary in the director's 2009 film Precious.