Mariah, Lenny, Mo'Nique Unrecognizable in 'Precious'

"I remember when we first got the script and my husband looked at that. He said, 'This is what people get Oscars for,'" Monique added. "We laughed. Now here we are."

Mo'Nique has taken some lumps in the press for being a no-show at festivals since Sundance, reportedly because her demands to be paid by festival organizers have been rebuffed.

"When people say, 'You care more about money than winning an Oscar,' well, what does an Oscar mean? An Oscar means more work when you win it, and that means more money!" Mo'Nique told the New York Daily News in response to the allegations. "I couldn't eat that Oscar. Everybody needs money, baby. That's how we survive, right?"

Back on the set, tensions between Mo'Nique and Precious on film did not translate off screen.

"When he said cut, we were done," Sidibe explained to Peter Travers. "I know very well who Gabby is and who Precious is and those lines never got blurred."

When the camera stopped rolling, Sidibe and Mo'Nique would hug, sing and joke with each other. "We had to love each other. Every day was a party. We had fun," Sidibe said.

"We didn't take ourselves seriously making this film," Daniels elaborated to Travers. "I told my crew laugh at every given turn, make me laugh through this dark journey."

The cast grew close as a result.

"Mariah was putting on Gabby's make-up. Mo'Nique was at Crafts services. Lenny was helping with costumes," noted Daniels. "We really were a family because we understood the DNA of Precious."

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