VI constantly hear about actors who give everything to adapt to the role they are going to play in order to be a more credible actor; The time Aksel Hennie found another dentist remove parts of a front tooth say, or so Thomas “Fingeren” Gullestad lost 15 pounds in 8 weeks to the war movie The 12th man.
When Gwyneth Paltrow was set to star as overweight Rosemary in the popular rom-com Shallow room from 2001, she also gave everything to understand the role she was going to play.
After the first day of filming with full makeup and costume, she left the costume. In a so-called “fat suit”, which makes her look fat, she walked around and discovered how people in the public looked at her and treated her – without them recognizing the world famous actor.
I have more understanding
Paltrow gained a new understanding of what the general perception of overweight people is, having been treated as such while still in costume.
– It was so sad. It was disturbing. No one wanted to look me in the eye because I was overweight. I was humiliated, she said in an interview with The Guardian.
Jack Black stars as Hal, who is interested in how women look. He measures them according to their beauty, thinness and popularity. When he is hypnotized one day, the superficial Hal suddenly sees the inner beauty of women in their appearance.
Fat ladies with a beautiful personality suddenly become slim in his eyes.
The film was later also criticized for making fun of fat women and that the film supports a theory that beautiful women should be thin.
Several outlets have also criticized the use of fat suits in the movies, even this one. The debate has just been revived when Brendan Fraser wore a big suit to play an overweight character in The whalewhich received a lot of media coverage when, among other things, it won an Oscar in 2023.
Over time, Paltrow has learned that well-meaning pranks aren’t just superficial or insignificant. They hurt people, and then like now, deeper reflection is needed from the people who choose to tell them.
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