She didn’t get the part right away, and actually, nobody thought she was going to be part of the movie.
Back in the ’90s, she became famous as a pop singer but she has changed herself many times, and every time she was successful at it. She gave up her music career and now she’s a great successful businesswoman. Keep on reading to find out how much Jessica Simpson made with the movie “Dukes of Hazzard.”
At first, it seems she wasn’t going to get the part. She didn’t do it quite well in the first audition. In fact, the film’s director, Jay Chandrasekhar, even said it “wasn’t my idea. I was reluctant to put a pop star in the movie, because I don’t really care how famous somebody is,” Chandrasekhar told Moviehole. But something did go well as she was called in again. The director claimed that in the second audition when she got in the Daisy Duke costume, he was totally impressed. It was everywhere that she got the part.
Aside from Simpson, the film also stars Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, and the late Burt Reynolds. The film revolves around a family coming together to save their farm by trying to win an annual road rally.
Although the critics hated the movie and that it wasn’t a big hit, it did pretty well as a huge commercial success. For Simpson, it was an opportunity to expand her business empire. Simpson was more than happy to discuss this during an interview with IGN. “I just signed a big merchandising deal, and my mom and I are doing it together,” Simpson revealed. “So we're going to have a line of jeans called Britches... I have a perfume line out called Dessert and then cosmetics will come out, and yeah, all kinds of things will come.”
Estimates indicate that Simpson pocketed a solid $4 million for her work on Dukes of Hazzard, according to The Cinemaholic. It is unclear if the singer/actress managed to negotiate any backend deal, which would have also brought her earnings for the film’s sales and merchandise.