Anne Hathaway's 'Les Miserables' Starvation Diet Details Are Deeply Disturbing

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anne hathaway vogue Les Miserables isn't out in theaters until December 25, but Anne Hathaway -- who plays the struggling factory worker Fantine -- is already setting off the critics by discussing the lengths she went to during production of the film. Anne, who already has a slim frame, famously dropped 25 pounds for the role, losing 10 pounds with a cleanse, and then another 15 in just two weeks (whaaaat!) by going on a "near-starvation diet." More specifically, according to a new interview the actress gave Vogue, all she ate were two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. What the hell?!

I understand many actors feel it's necessary to employ method acting for certain parts. I understand that Hollywood encourages weight loss or weight gain for certain parts. But seriously, two weeks on, what, 100 calories a day?! How is that okay? Unsurprisingly, but worst of all, it's almost as if Vogue is glorifying what she did.

Anne defended the diet:

I had to be obsessive about it -- the idea was to look near death. Looking back on the whole experience -- and I don't judge it in any way -- it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that's who Fantine is anyway.

Maaaan. I really LOVE Anne Hathaway, and I want to be cool with whatever it is she felt was necessary for the part, but it's more than "a little nuts." Of course she's not saying that anyone else should do what she did, but doing it at all and then discussing it so openly is sick, dangerous, and troubling. She and the Les Mis producers and even Vogue should be ashamed to be making it like this "starvation diet" is not only par for the course, but hey, it's gonna win 'er an Oscar! With an attitude like that, no wonder the number of Americans suffering from eating disorders just keeps skyrocketing.

All I'm saying is there had to be a better way. Hollywood needs to figure out a way to save stars like Anne from having to unhealthfully lose (or gain) weight for a role. It's not like we don't live in a time when we don't have all the most high-tech makeup and digital effects at our fingertips. Don't tell me they couldn't have hollowed out Anne's cheekbones or put dark circles under her eyes with the right shadowing makeup or CGI in post-production! And if she couldn't have given an Oscar-winning performance without putting her health at risk, maybe then it's not a performance the Academy should feel comfortable honoring.

What do you think about Anne discussing her starvation diet?

 

Image via Vogue

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Laurlev Laurlev

It's not healthy at all, but I would do it for a great role and a multi million dollar paycheck.

cassi... cassie_kellison

Why couldn't they just o some computer editing like theydid for Kristen Stewart in the first breaking dawn? Im sure it was tons cheaper fo her to drop down to a dangerous weight than using editing, but damn.

Ann Namouse

Since Anne has been goiing with the boy toy who is Jimmy Jones like in convincing her to do things like defacing herself with a tatotoo so very unjewish. then there is the diet where he might have drugged her with dust, or so she said; when how she lost weight for batman was told "Kale and Dust"


Then look how she slouches to make him look taller when he is actually an inch shorter... Oh Annie poor little rich girl

Karla C. Mulrenan

Oh, shut up! It's her job and she gets very good money for it.

PRIMA487 PRIMA487

So let's pick on Anne.She isn't the first actor who is " method".I did notice how you didn't bring up any men who have done the same thing.Christian Bale and recently Matthew McConahay have both done this and where's the outrage there?It's their Job!

Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf

Why shouldn't she talk about it? It's something significant that happened in her life, and I think it's great that she's being open about it.  She's not advising it; she said it's nuts.

Za245 Za245

So when Matthew McConaughey does it it's cool,cause he's an artist y'allz, but when Anne Hathaway does it it's the end of the world and we're all going to get eating disorders because of her? Double standard much? I don't know what article YOU we're reading, but I certainly didn't see anywhere that she was glamorizing her weight loss. Also like half of the first paragraph is a word for word copy of the Vogue article!

BubbsJNL BubbsJNL

Right here on the The Stir, Matthew McConaughey has been GLORIFIED for doing essentially the same thing.  The double standard applies to all things here, I guess. :-/

Jeanette Claire

Seems like the people writing the paychecks & insuring these mega million dollar assets would have something to say concerning such an electrolite imbalance that they could have a heart attack or kidney failure, which Anne, Matthew & their significant others are not prepared to monitor, see coming or rescue them from. I call this group the height of irresponsibility and extremely poor role modeling. Didn't we learn anything from Micheal Jackson? MAYBE THEY SHOULD FIND A METHOD THAT TEACHES THEM TO DIG A LOT DEEPER WITHIN THEMSELVES, BUT THAT WOULD MEAN HAVING TO ACTUALLY ACT INSTEAD OF RELYING ON EXTREME VISUALS. I'll always take the old movies over the shallow approach. This can't be the same method that produced such great actors. It may be called 'the method', but merely be a branding of the original.

Jeanette Claire

Seems like the people writing the paychecks & insuring these mega million dollar assets would have something to say concerning such an electrolite imbalance that they could have a heart attack or kidney failure, which Anne, Matthew & their significant others are not prepared to monitor, see coming or rescue them from. I call this group the height of irresponsibility and extremely poor role modeling. Didn't we learn anything from Micheal Jackson? MAYBE THEY SHOULD FIND A METHOD THAT TEACHES THEM TO DIG A LOT DEEPER WITHIN THEMSELVES, BUT THAT WOULD MEAN HAVING TO ACTUALLY ACT INSTEAD OF RELYING ON EXTREME VISUALS. I'll always take the old movies over the shallow approach. This can't be the same method that produced such great actors. It may be called 'the method', but merely be a branding of the original.

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