A little-known Hollywood production company paid Madonna’s manager $25,000 for her to star in the first Hollywood movie she produced in her native Ireland.
The movie, Madonna: Holiday Inn, starred Madonna as an Irish-American woman who is recruited by a Hollywood producer to help him sell a new resort.
Madonna: Holiday Hotel was a critical and commercial success, and the film went on to gross $10 million.
However, the film’s co-writer, Irish actress Catherine Tate, claimed that the $25k was a bribe.
“Madonna was never paid a dime,” Tate said in an interview with Al Jazeera in January.
“She did not sign any contract or anything like that.
She signed it as a personal favour.”
Tate is the wife of Madonna’s brother, the rapper Big Sean, and her sister, The Weeknd.
The film was co-written by Tate, Big Sean and RZA, and produced by the studio, Universal Studios Ireland.
Tate and Big Sean are the co-writers of Madonna’s new film, Madonna Holiday Inn.
She is the producer and director.
In a statement, Tate told Al Jazeera that she had “no idea” how the money was paid and that the payment was for her “personal business”.
“I had no idea that it was a payment for my work,” Tate added.
“It was all a big surprise to me.”
Tat Tate and BigSean co-wrote the Irish film Madonna: Halloween.
They are the producer.
Source: Al Jazeera