Queen Latifah dropped her regular fee and risked getting stung to be in "The Secret Life of Bees."
The Oscar-nominated actress plays the August Boatwright, a beekeeper who runs a honey-making business with her two younger sisters May (Sophie Okonedo) and June (Alicia Keys). August's life takes on new meaning when she invites a young white runaway (Dakota Fanning) and her fugitive housekeeper (Jennifer Hudson) to live with her.
"I really liked the script," Latifah said. "I like to do films with black casts but I've never wanted to do like slave movies. I don't care how much it would stretch my acting chops. It's just something I never desired to do--not disrespecting anyone else. Your choice, your career."
Playing with those bees, however, wasn't too much fun.
"I ain't gonna lie," she said. "This was the most nerve wracking thing I've done in my career. I've driven fast cars, done stunts, sat on roofs five stories up, but this was hard. I had to be so calm and relaxed around the bees knowing I was going to get stung."
Apparently the bees didn't like their working conditions.
"We were shooting in the winter but it was supposed to be summer," she said. "But the bees didn't like the cold. They didn't feel like acting all the time."