Celebrities: Going Overkill?

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    Renee Zellweger needs to fatten up for her next part:

     
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    I don't think its any different from the hordes of people who flock to the gym and participate in ridiculous diets to modify their own bodies. The only difference being that they are doing so under the promise of companionship while she is doing the opposite for a great sum of money.

    Additionally, she may simply love the role. She had done something similar for Bridget Jone's Diary. If I had to think of a relevant analogy, I would ask what you would be willing to do to get a job that you really liked. Perhaps it wasn't driven by the money but instead that you would really enjoy the job you'd have. Would you relocate cross country, perhaps to a dangerous city, take your kids out of school, and move far away from your extended family and friends. People do it all the time.

    I just think actors are conditioned to think of their bodies as instruments and tools which they mold as necessary. I have little doubt that many actresses have already done permanent harm to their bodies to get where they are now. Hopefully her trainer has something healthier than a crash diet planned when she tries to recover.

    Of course, I am playing a bit of a devil's advocate here because I don't really support the body manipulation concept (like throwing on tons of mass to gain muscles or loss lots of weight to get down a dress size).
     
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    She never looked better than as Bridget.

    Bring it on!

    (As you can tell, Hollywood Anorexophilia doesn't turn me on.)

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    Robert De Niro in Raging Bull
    Stallone in Copland.

    I am sure there are others. It's nothing new. I suspect the motivation is not purely financial. IMO, it takes a lot of courage to screw up you body on purpose in such a fashion.

     
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    I appreciate that this is your motivation for going to the gym, but I don't think you would deny that a large portion (some may even say a majority) go only for the benefits that it gives them in the relationship market. Similar to the extreme damage done to hair, they modify themeselve to be more in line with what they believe is a more attractive and desirable person. The same hold true for plastic surgery. In some cases it can have medical and health benefits, but at the vast majority are for the exact same reasons.
     
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    Speaking of Robert De Niro ("De" and "Niro" are separate, btw), he put on significant poundage for The Untouchables too. Thing is, the guy's metabolism runs at full throttle, and he quickly lost the fifty pounds he put on after the shooting was over.

    As for Renee, how can she eat all that without becoming sick?
     
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    With movies like Shallow Hal and The Nutty Professor, there seems to be other options for appearing heavy onscreen.
     
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    Elle MacPhearson gained 20 pounds for Sirens, with great reults![​IMG]
     
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    Charlize Theron put on roughly 25 pounds for her upcoming film, "Monster". She's virtually unrecognizable in her usual incarnation when she's in her character's "wardrobe/makeup".
     
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    Nic Cage was going to gain the weight required to play Charlie / Donald Kaufman in Adaptation, but since the project was scheduled in between two big-budget projects he didn't feel like he'd have time to gain and lose the weight.

    Instead, they made a convincing fat suit, that you can read about in the most recent issue of Cinefex. It's pretty interesting to see the process they go through to fatten him up.

    I don't think it's always about money. Adaptation was the low budget project in between two moneymakers for him. It's just that some actors really get into the characters they're playing, and they want to experience life exactlly as that character would.
     
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    In this case, did it matter? It's not like most people know what Kaufman looks like anyway.
     
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    I don't think the issue is looking like the real Charlie Kaufman, it's that being this overweight, sweaty, not-really-handsome guy was a large part of why he had so many self-esteem issues.
     

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