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Renee Zellweger famously gained 30 pounds to play hapless heroine Bridget Jones, a decision that made Zellweger seem like a cuter everywoman, and bounced her into a new bracket of stardom. For years, every article about the star lauded her for packing on the pounds, and Zellweger played it up as a great sacrifice she made her for her art.
Apparently, those days are over.
For the upcoming third Bridget Jones film, Zellweger has allegedly refused to gain any weight, and instead will be wearing a fat suit. "It took her a while to lose the weight last time," a source explained to a British magazine. (The source doesn't specify exactly how long, but Zellweger seemed skinny enough in Cinderella Man,released the following year.)
Renee's reluctance to don Bridget's body is clearly bad news for film fans. The whole appeal of Bridget Jones boils down to the fact that we can relate to her: we too have bad desk jobs and unrequited crushes, we eat junk food and belt into our hairbrushes when we're alone, and so forth. Substituting a fat suit for Bridget's curvy frame seems the first step to turning the character into a caricature, someone we're laughing at instead of with. Here's the kicker: the movie is rumored to be about Bridget's quest to have a baby in her '40s. We want to laugh. But between the fat suit and the baby-hungry-middle-aged-lady stereotype, it's all we can do not to cry.
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