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Two HUGE Movie Honchos

Make Racial Accusations [VIDEO]

2/1/2012 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The director of "Precious" and the producer of a string of hits, including "The Expendables," "Rambo" and "Conan the Barbarian" got into a nuclear verbal fight on the set of a new movie this weekend, and exchanged racial accusations.

Lee Daniels -- the "Precious" director -- is directing an upcoming movie, "The Paperboy" starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman. TMZ obtained video of Daniels in a brutal argument with producer Avi Lerner that went down on Sunday afternoon.

It's hard to hear the entire argument, but at one point Avi says to Lee, "You call him a racist. You know you're racist too. You always pay attention to that."

It appears Avi threatened to fire Lee, saying, "I don't want you to leave, but if you don't apologize to me and you know you should ...." and then the audio is impossible to understand.

And it seems much of the argument involves money. At the end, Lee taunts Avi, saying, "Need some money, need some money?" Avi says, "We paid the scuba divers a lot.  Shame on you." It appears from the conversation ... the movie is way over the paltry $15 million budget.

We contacted reps for both honchos, and were told, "Both parties laughed it off," adding, "'We hope the footage also shows them hugging moments later."

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Truth    

MEHHH... DANIELS IS ALWAYS BITCHING ON LOW BUDGET FLICKS. THAT'S WHAT HE GETS FOR DIRECTING "INDEPENDENT" NON-MAINSTREAM EL CHEAPO FLICKS. DUDE CANT GET ON BIG BUDGET PROJECTS ANYMORE. HE WAS COMPLAINING ON 'PRECIOUS', SAYING A DOZEN TIMES IN INTERVIEWS ABOUT THE CRAPPY BUDGET OF $10 MIL... THAT HE HAD TO GET MARIAH TO DRESS IN SKIMPY OUTFITS AND SING A FEW TUNES TO CONVINCE INVESTORS TO PARK ANOTHER $3 MIL IN THE FLICK. YEP, DUDE ALWAYS BRINGS THE RACE CARD INTO THE CONVO. NO SURPRISE... SMH. #TRUTH!!

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1    

People i don't know still making a movie i will never watch, way to play this up for nothing on tmz live

993 days ago
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Hello is anybody in there?    

I didn't hear any racial accusations, just to immature men argument go into "your a racist". If there was a real accusation you didn't caught it on the audio.

993 days ago
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Dean    

Its interesting that it becomes an issue that blacks can be racist too .
For a fact we all kind of are racist because we judge people by their appearance and I am not talking about skin color .
What about being racist when you mob fat people or small people . Making fun about small guys can be as hurtful as making fun about a black person.
there is a problem on prejuding in general and not just against other skin color . People won't talk to you when you dress like a slob or when you wear a lot of piercings and tattoos

993 days ago
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Dan    

Avi should have fired Lee on the spot for verbal abuse, threatening body language, and for his display of disrepect for his superior in public. That type of unacceptable behavior must be punished or nothing will ever be accomplished on the set.

993 days ago
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a3196    

I dont get it why would you put the pathetic Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman in a movie and expect it to earn more than a few dollars. They are both has beens and never was...

993 days ago
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Wash. Hts. Girl    

Avi chazor ha'bai'ta what do you want to live in crazy Hollywood for?

993 days ago
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Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

Always love it when the angry black guy pulls the race card. That's like their go-to move when they're pissed and they don't really have a legitimate argument.

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tgrfan42069    

a ****** arguing witha white man.then saying you are racist.whats new?

992 days ago
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Superman    

Just another hollyweird movie that sucks. A shame that people spend money on watching this crap and making people rich for no good reason.

992 days ago
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Kaffee    

I didn't watch the tape. The point I want to make is that I have grown to hate watching people scream at each other on live TV or on tape or yell at each other on talk shows and political shows. Enough!

992 days ago
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tmzzzzzzzzz    

Avi Lerner is not even a producer on this film, you idiots!!

992 days ago
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Mulholland Drive    

Lee Daniels is an old queen - I got stories on top of stories about that guy. Total Hot Head, go from zero to 1,000 in .002 seconds Hot Head. Psycho.

992 days ago
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JiLL1    

Don't care about these jerks

992 days ago
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Serena    

This is disgraceful tbh. I hope to God none of the stars of this movie had to witness this extreme lack of professionalism. Talk about washing your dirty laundry in public. Absolute joke. Both of them.

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