The star of the popular film Hustle & Flow, recently revealed that he only made $12,000 from his role in the movie.

In a recent interview, Howard discussed the financial struggles he faced during that time and the lack of support he received from the industry. Hustle & Flow, released in 2005, was a critical success and gained Howard widespread recognition for his role as “Dee Jay”. However, despite the film’s success, Howard’s paycheck didn’t reflect the impact he made. Not only did he receive a low salary, but his performance royalties were also taken by Paramount, the production company. This left him with only $12,000 to show for his hard work and talent.