Here is a story of unfettered beauty, one that complements every Mariah Carey anecdote you’ve ever heard or imagined.
Picture it: Los Angeles, 2015. Production on “The House” ― a rowdy comedy starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell ― is underway. Mimi, long ago emancipated but not yet the subject of “Mariah’s World,” shows up during a day of reshoots to film a cameo.
According to co-star Rob Huebel, she is four hours late and has demanded her team fill her trailer with “all white roses” and stuffed lambs. (Carey often calls people “lambs,” and her fans have taken to using that moniker, as well.) She’s supposed to perform a song in her scene, but she doesn’t want to sing the one requested of her.
But wait. This is about to get good.
“So then they were going to do this bit where they shoot her, I think, and they kill her — in the movie; not in real life,” Huebel said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio. “But she didn’t want that. She was like, ‘I don’t think my character would get killed by bullets. What if I deflected them like Wonder Woman?’ They were like, ‘Mariah, we don’t have time. You’re getting paid so much money. We have you for one day. We don’t have time to argue with you. Just do it.’ She just didn’t want to do what they wanted her to do.”
Yep. Mariah Carey, the world’s preeminent demanding pop star, played herself in a movie but decided her “character” would be impervious to bullets, like a superhero.
Of course, this story squares with the reputation Carey has earned over the years, as evidenced on “Mariah’s World” when her assistants panicked at their inability to set up an Apple TV for the singer to watch while she falls asleep. In 2012, Complex ranked Carey at No. 1 on its list of the craziest tour riders. Hers reportedly included 20 white kittens, 100 doves, a pink carpet and confetti shaped like butterflies.
Huebel said he’s not sure if Carey made the final cut of the movie, which opens June 30.
HuffPost reached out to Warner Bros., which is releasing “The House,” and to Carey’s reps, for comment. We didn’t immediately hear back.