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Actors Who Gain Weight For Film Roles

How Do You Feel About Actors Gaining Weight For Roles?

Renee Zellweger is reprising her role in the third installment of the popular book-turned-film series, Bridget Jones' Diary, but this time she's doing it without all the extra weight. Well, sort of . . .

Instead of turning to a high fat diet of doughnuts and pizza like she did in the past, Zellweger will be relying on makeup and wardrobe to mimic the extra weight needed for the title role.

E! Online quoted a source as telling Britain's Reveal magazine: "Renee will be wearing a fat suit in the third film as it took her a while to lose the weight last time. She's also thinking about the effect quickly putting on and then losing 30 pounds has on her body."

I admire that Zellweger is embracing the role she's playing, but am relieved she's not relying on harmful methods like yo-yo dieting and exercising to portray the 30 pound difference between herself and her character this time around.

Besides Zellweger, actors like Matt Damon, Beyonce, and Charlize Theron have used unconventional methods to put on weight for film roles. Do you think it's OK for the sake of believability?

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naked_american naked_american 7 years
This is annoying. The funniest thing about the Bridget Jones books is that Bridget is seriously not overweight -- she weighs 135 lbs! I thought Renee looked great in the first Bridget movie (though she packed on a few too many pounds in the second one and it didn't suit her). At 100 pounds, Renee Zellweger looks seriously scary.
sham28 sham28 7 years
Hahaha zulkey!
cibele cibele 7 years
She's gonna ruin the movie. She looks sick right now, and I really like the movie. I wish they would change the actress. Even if they put a suit you can see her thin arms and face.
Asche Asche 7 years
@Zulkey: LOL! I was thinking the same thing! But the fat suit thing is a bad idea. Look at Gwyneth in Shallow Hal, or any of the Friends flashbacks with Fat Monica. It always looks so horrible.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Russell Crowe once said in an interview that after he gained weight for The Insider, his body never was the same again. Now, maybe he just isn't into working out and staying healthy to lose the weight, but he said he has struggled with it ever since he did that. He also said, it wasn't worth it, stuff a pillow under there instead. As you get older, the harder it is to drop those extra pounds. I think Zellweger is too thin too, but it is better to be a stable weight than to yo-yo diet for the sake of a film. I also thinks it sucks that people look at her Bridget Jones as "fat" when she just looks more like everyone else you see on the street.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I'm sure it isn't that easy to find an actress that is the right size, has a solid name in the industry and fits the character well. Zellweger was a good choice in my opinion, aside from weight I could totally picture her as Bridget Jones, even before seeing the movies. That being said, I agree that there should be more diversity in Hollywood!
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
She looks so much better with the extra weight.
syako syako 7 years
I agree with all of you. She could add about 10 pounds easily to look actually healthy! Yikes!!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
look how skinny she is now, and the camera adds ten pounds...i am sure if we saw her in real life she would be SCARY SMALL
elizasea elizasea 7 years
Why don't they just hire a "fat" actress? Not that Bridget Jones is fat, but compared to Renee, she is.
equestriennechic equestriennechic 7 years
I hate how her character is supposed to be overweight, when she's a normal, healthy weight!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
let's get to the more important issue at hand--why on earth are they making a third bridget jones movie?
bethiesny bethiesny 7 years
I agree with everyone who said she could stand to keep on a few of the pounds she would gain for this role. What's really sad is that even with 20-30 lbs added, she'd still be on the small side! Miracle Laurie is a gorgeous woman (she's on Dollhouse) - women with bodies like hers make Eliza Dushku and the rest of the cast look like skinny teenage boys in comparison!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't think it's healthy for any actor or actress to have to rapidly gain or lose weight for a role. The rollercoaster of weight gain/loss has to be so stressful on the body and heart, it's not worth the health risks.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Honestly, girlfriend needs about 10 pounds anyway. The extra 20 is fine for make-up and such.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Granted, all actresses are thin, but Renee looks borderline sickly sometimes. It's somewhat telling that she didn't look overweight by any means when she was playing Bridget Jones, and that was after a 30 lb weight gain!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I think they should find actors that are already the weight they want them to be for the roles; why do they absolutely HAVE to have Renee Zellwegger playing Bridget Jones? They could've cast someone curvier if they wanted to. I do agree with the others that she strives to be way too thin when she "isn't" Bridget Jones. I don't think it'd be unhealthy for her to gain about 10-15 lbs in a HEALTHY way (adding more protein and healthy carbs, not bingeing on pizza and donuts), but when actors do what Christian Bale did for "The Machinist" and lose insanely crazy amounts of weight, THAT could be seriously dangerous.
TinaDenali TinaDenali 7 years
Like you guys said - she could use the weight! I LOVE her BJ look.
Alyssa9986 Alyssa9986 7 years
Well said Anon.
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