We saw pics earlier in the week of Hugh Jackman getting into his character of Valjean for the upcoming film adaptation of Les Misérables. Today there are reports going around about another actor in the film, Anne Hathaway, who plays the role of Fantine, getting into serious preparation for the role. She is reportedly prepping for her role by undergoing a very drastic diet to lose weight. Her character, Fantine, is a destitute factory worker-come-lady of the night, slowly dying from an unnamed disease, probably tuberculosis, and they apparently want Anne to look skeletal in the movie.
The reports are saying that Anne is sticking to a strict 500 calorie diet a day in order to get gaunt for the role. OK! magazine in he U.K has reported that she is surviving on just two apples a day and a protein shake in preparation. YIKES!
This pic of Anne was taken at the New York premiere of The Iron Lady in December last year. She looks so healthy and well in these photos and I dread to think what she will look like when she starves herself for the role of Fantine. I have to admit, I really despise the idea of a perfectly healthy person drastically dieting, to the point of being unhealthy, for the sake of a role. I know that actors regularly ‘transform’ for a part, especially when it is a great movie, but this type of transformation scares me. I actually think it is quite irresponsible of the director to allow an actor to potentially get sick. OK!’s report obviously has NOT been confirmed, so these are just reports at this stage, but I have to say, they are believable. The character of Fantine is very unwell, and for Anne to look realistically dying, I believe that they would want a scarily thin actor.
The OK! story says that producers of the movie will be keeping a close eye on Anne’s health throughout the filming process, but this still is very worrisome for me. There are so many serious health risks related to such an extreme diet, that I hope that if this is true, Anne is undergoing regular medical checkups, and that she gets the assistance she needs to get back to her normal, healthy weight after the shooting is over. YIKES!0