Anne Hathaway‘s Les Miserables weight loss was disturbing on a lot of levels, but a new photo of her from the production shows just how scary the trend of weight-loss-as-acting has gotten.
The photo, which was actually featured in an article about Isabelle Allen, who plays Anne Hathaway’s daughter, Cosette, in Les Miserables, shows Hathaway smiling, but looking emaciated and sick. [Click here to see the photo.] Which was the whole point of her losing the weight, but…it’s still shocking to see a celebrity’s 25-pound weight loss when it’s not retouched and glossed over by a magazine. (Even the photos that came out today of Jared Leto looking gaunt for a new role, which are disturbing enough, reap the benefits of studio lighting; I’d bet money that he looks even less healthy in real life.)
Although Hathaway seems to have achieved the goal of looking like a woman on her death bed, we’re still not convinced that extreme dieting and withstanding weeks of food deprivation should really be considered “art.” And yet, it’s becoming an disturbingly common trend for actors and actresses to become skinny versions of themselves for a movie role, and then publicize the movie with news about how they lost weight and what kind of extremes they put themselves through to transform their bodies.
Gaining or losing a little weight for a role might be easy for some, but not eating for a month–or subsisting on a diet of ‘dried oatmeal paste,’ as Anne Hathaway claims she did–is a terrible idea for anyone. And, with the technology available in film these days, the only reason anyone really has to do it is the pressure to conform to Hollywood trends. But starvation shouldn’t be entertainment, whether it’s self-imposed or not.
Photo: Jean Catuffe, PacificCoastNews.com