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Anne Hathaway's long tresses aren't all that's recently gone missing from the beautiful actress's appearance. It looks like we can kiss any meat at all that used to cling to her lithe bones bye-bye. In addition to hacking off her hair, Anne's already begun losing weight (she never really had to lose in the first place) for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables.
The rumor buzzing around had been that she was somehow subsisting on a meager 500 calories a day. But her rep set the record straight on that, telling HuffPo: "The story is a huge exaggeration. Anne is on a special diet, but is not looking to lose that much weight, and she's consuming more than 500 calories a day. She just needs to look more frail as she is playing a prostitute who is dying of tuberculosis."
Ohhh! OKAY! So it's not that bad. Anne just needs to "look more frail." OMG. Just how sick is Hollywood?!
Look, I get it: Anne is one serious actress -- she's friends with Meryl Streep, after all! -- and it's not uncommon to see a major thesp transform herself for a role. Particularly a dramatic one, like Fantine. But aren't we living in the 21st century? The era of Avatar? Can't they use CGI, makeup artistry, incredibly gifted and artistic costumers to make a healthy woman look like someone dying of tuberculosis? Hellooo! Why put anyone's health at risk when you have so many other options on the table?
They're just lazy, that's why. It's easier to tell an actress to go on an extreme diet (it doesn't have to be just 500 calories to be extreme), because actresses have had to accept serious weight loss or gain as a built-in requirement for work in Hollywood for eons.
But it's so sad, so damaging. Playing this yo-yo game with weight can wreak havoc on the body, possibly leading to complications with the heart, liver, kidneys and causing fatigue, weakness, and changes in vital signs. It's a mistake to force it upon performers, who shouldn't have to sacrifice their well-being for work.
Do you think actors and actresses should have to lose weight to play certain roles, or should Hollywood figure out an alternative way to adjust their appearances?
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