Tuesday, July 16, 2024

UPDATE “Borat” Accidental Star Jeanise Jones Raises $165K on GoFundMe After Receiving Just $3,600 for Work in Hit Film

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UPDATE: The total is up to $164,577.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Amazon Studios can relax. Their accidental star from “Borat 2” has made a ton of movie and they didn’t have to pay it.

Jeanise Jones, the “babysitter” in “Borat 2,” has raised $126,183 in just four days. The money comes from a lot of people named Anonymous. But it’s not out of Cohen’s pocket. UPDATE Now $146,000 and growing!

Jones told me in our interview earlier this week that she was paid $600 initially by the film crew for what she thought was a documentary. She received $3,000 more when shooting wrapped.

When she and I discussed it, the out of work grandmother was thinking $50,000 would have been proper compensation. I agreed. But she’s made more than twice that in four days!

The top donation is from Anonymous, for $5,000. The top named donation is $1,000 from a San Francisco lawyer named Leesa Miao. A Brooklynite named Martha Revenaugh, who donates to Democratic candidates, gave $780.

Read my original interview with Jeanise Jones here.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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