Renée Zellweger responded to criticism about the actress donning a fatsuit and prosthetics for her latest role instead of the part going to a plus-sized alternative.
During the 53-year-old’s recent interview with The Sunday Times, the “Chicago” star discussed her portrayal of real-life killer Pam Hupp in the upcoming NBC true crime series, “The Thing About Pam,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Look, you want to be respectful and responsible,” Zellweger explained. “There’s always a limit to how much you can establish an authentic approximation without being distracting.”
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The outlet noted that the actress previously gained weight for her memorable role as Bridget Jones in “Bridget Jones’s Diary” films. However, this time Zellweger opted for the fatsuit and prosthetics to transform into Hupp, who is currently serving a life sentence for the 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger.
Plus-size writer Sarah Alexander told Metro UK that there were plenty of “talented plus-size actresses that could have been hired” instead and asked why they were “overlooked and a fat suit considered a viable option?”
Alexander said that for Zellweger to “masquerade as a plus-size person” is “damaging, fatphobic and potentially triggering to other plus-size people.”
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