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Renee Zellweger looks unrecognisable in a fatsuit as she plays serial killer

Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger says that her ‘body is whacked’ from rapid weight gain for other roles such as Bridget Jones and now she’d prefer to wear a fat suit to play a fuller-figure character

The usually slim Renee Zellweger has worn a fatsuit to portray a fuller-figured character in her latest TV project

Oscar-winning Renee Zellweger has been spotted wearing a controversial fat suit and facial prosthetics as she filmed her latest project.

The Hollywood actress will play Pam Hupp, who is serving a life sentence for murder, in a six-episode drama for US TV network NBC. Renee is also executive producer on the series titled The Thing About Pam.

The Texan-born star of Chicago, Cold Mountain and Jerry Maguire, who gained two stone to play Bridget Jones in the early 2000s, has previously said she doesn’t want to change her shape for a role again. .

“My body is whacked,” she admitted, after years of yo-yo dieting, and rapid loss and gain.

“I had a panic attack with all the specialists talking about how bad this is for you, long term, putting on that much weight in short periods of time and they’re all saying, “You must stop or you’re going to die.”



Renee Zellweger was spotted on the set of her latest project, playing serial killer Pam Hupp
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Renee was unrecognisable under the fatsuit, blonde hair and facial prosthetics
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The 52 year old was wearing a fat suit with a blue purple and white tracksuit on top plus black leggings.

Her face was transformed by prosthetics to give her a larger jaw and bigger nose, and her hair was styled into a bright blonde bob.

The series is based on the true story of Pam Hupp, who killed a disabled man in 2016.

She also pleaded not guilty to the murder of a friend Betsy Farria, who was found stabbed 55 times in 2011.



Renee Zellweger as she usually looks
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Wearing a false nose and chin to play serial killer Pam Hupp
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Betsy’s husband Russell was originally accused of the murder, but he was released from prison and awarded more than £1 million in compensation. It’s thought that Pam framed him for the crime

But the decision to put a slim actress in to a fat suit, rather than cast a fuller-figured actor in the role, has drawn criticism.

TV presenter Vanessa Feltz said: “Renee is a good actress and I’ve got nothing against her personally, but for heaven’s sake, why can’t a plus-sized actress be hired to play a plus-sized character? It’s like we’re stuck in the dark ages.”













She continued: “This has got to stop — it is really insulting to everyone. It is the equivalent of putting on dark make-up and pretending to be a person of colour in the theatre.

“People think, and quite rightly too, this is an absolutely dreadful thing to do, so why don’t we feel the same when someone wears a fat suit?

“These days there would be a huge public outcry if you did anything but hire a Chinese actor to play a Chinese role and the same for a black actor for a black role, or a Jewish person for a Jewish role,” she added.

Plus-sized writer Sarah Alexander told Metro: “A fat suit has always been a way of mocking fat people no matter who wears it, even if it is for an acting role.



Renee Zellweger is filming the drama in New Orleans
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She looks very different to her usual glam personal
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“Actors that have previously worn them (such as Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal) have admitted they regret their choice in wearing one and that it causes harm.

She continued: “There are plenty of incredibly talented plus-size actresses that could have been hired for the role instead of Zellweger. Why were they overlooked and a fat suit considered a viable option?

“For Zellweger to masquerade as a plus-size person is damaging, fatphobic and potentially triggering to other plus-size people.

“It seems like she has not considered the effects this will have on fat people and is unaware and/or naive that she is adding to the stigma fat people already face on a daily basis.”


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