She gained weight to play Bridget Jones – but faced backlash after donning a fat suit and prosthetics to play real-life murderess Pam Hupp.
And Renee Zellweger has responded to the criticism she faced after some people felt a plus size actress would take the role.
He turned killer, who is serving a life sentence for the 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger, for NBC’s upcoming true crime series The Thing About Pam.
‘Look, you want to be respectful and responsible’: Renee Zellweger hits back at criticism for wearing controversial fat suit and prosthetics to play real-life killer Pam Hupp
And speaking to The Sunday Times, Renee, 53, said: ‘Look, you want to be respectful and responsible.
‘There’s always a limit to how much you can start a real rating without distraction.’
Plus writer Sarah Alexander previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘There are so many talented actresses who could have been cast in the role instead of Zellweger. Why were they ignored and the fat suit is considered a viable option?
‘For Zellweger to pretend to be plus-sized is dangerous, offensive and can lead to other plus-sized people. It seems like he has not considered the effects it will have on fat people, and is ignorant and/or ignorant that he is adding to the stigma that fat people already face every day.’
Renee said: ‘There is always a limit to how much you can keep a realistic estimate without being distracted’.
Motivation: The 52-year-old actress-turned-assassin, who is serving a life sentence for the 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger, for NBC’s upcoming true-crime series The Thing About Pam.
Renee herself has said she was ‘surprised’ when she first saw herself as Hupp’s killer after wearing fake clothes.
The star recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight and insisted that it was ‘very important’ to viewers that she tried to resemble Hupp as much as possible.
Speaking about seeing himself as Hupp for the first time, he said: ‘I was surprised. You can achieve several things, but I had no expectation that it would be so amazing.
Zellweger said that the project team went out of their way to make her look like a convicted murderer for the episode.
“The idea is to be accurate, the idea is precision. I think, especially in the case of telling this story, it was very important to be as close to Pam Hupp as we could be,” he said.
The actress also said that she wanted to be seen as a killer as ‘he looks normal, he looks like someone we recognize, and we know him.’
Hard work: Zellweger said that the project team went out of their way to make her look like a convicted murderer for the episode.
Zellweger went on to explain that this precision would be used to highlight many aspects of Hupp’s personality.
“In order for you to understand better how it is possible that people would look at someone who they are sure he could be or what kind of person he is, it seemed very important that we get as close to him as we could.” .’
The series was filmed mainly in New Orleans, where it was often hot and humid, but Zellweger found the make-up process very interesting.
He added that, although the city’s temperature was ‘very hot,’ he described its transformation as ‘amazing to watch.’
She noted that one of the makeup artists had really impressed her with her attention to detail.
‘Arian, who builds these things and uses them every day, shapes them by hand and paints them down to the last detail. Its accuracy is amazing. It’s part of the adventure, watching that happen every day, it’s great,’ he said.
The Bridget Jones’s Diary star revealed that initially it took her four hours to transform into Hupp, but by the end of filming it only took two hours.
He told E!: ‘We started at about four o’clock [hours] and we rounded it up to about two.
The scene: The Bridget Jones’s Diary star revealed that she originally spent four hours transforming into Hupp, but by the end of filming it only took two hours.
Zellweger revealed that the prosthetics were very difficult to work with, which led to spending a long time in the cosmetic chair.
‘They have a mind of their own, you know? If everyone cooperates – cheeks feel like dancing well, nose and everything. But yes, it took about a couple of hours,’ he said.
The actress also said that now she saw acting and the use of artificial makeup as a new challenge for her.
‘It was interesting to learn about it. I didn’t know that trying to tell a story and acting with prosthetics is a completely different thing. I didn’t know it was a skill I didn’t have,’ he said.
Upsetting: Zellweger revealed that the prosthetics were very difficult to work with, which led to spending a long time in the makeup chair.
Pam Hupp: ‘Serial killer’ serving life without parole after killing a disabled man and his own friend.
This year, convicted murderer Pam Hupp was finally charged in the 2011 murder of her friend who is accused of stabbing her 55 times, before smearing the woman’s blood around her home in a plot to frame the victim’s husband.
Hupp, who is already serving a life sentence for shooting and killing a disabled man in 2016, made his first appearance in court in Lincoln County, Missouri, in July for the murder of Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria.
The 62-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery for the December 27, 2011, killing of Faria.
Convicted murderer Pam Hupp appeared in court in Lincoln County, Missouri, Tuesday morning for the 2011 murder of her friend Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria.
Prosecutors say Hupp killed Faria four days after he convinced her to replace a $150,000 life insurance policy on Hupp.
He then allegedly tried to stage the scene to make it appear that Faria’s husband, Russell Faria, killed her.
Russell was previously convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction was overturned in 2015 before he was found not guilty in a retrial in which prosecutors alleged Hupp was involved.
Hupp was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2019 for luring Louis Gumpenberger, 33, to his home claiming to be a Dateline producer before shooting him dead in a plot to divert attention from him in the Faria case.
Rumors are also rife that he was responsible for his own mother’s downfall in 2013.
Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria and husband Russell Faria. Russell was wrongly convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013
A convicted murderer is accused of killing Faria, his friend and co-worker at State Farm, in order to collect his $150,000 life insurance policy.
Prosecutors said Hupp was the last person to see Faria alive and knew her friend’s husband was out with friends at the time of the murder.
Faria was suffering from cancer at the time of his murder and was undergoing chemotherapy.
Prosecutors say Hupp gave Faria a ride home from her chemotherapy treatment on December 27, 2011, knowing she would be weak and tired.
Hupp (left) is already serving a life sentence for shooting Louis Gumpenberger, 33, (right) to distract him from the Faria case.
Hupp appears in a police interview a few hours after the murder of his friend Faria
He then allegedly stabbed Faria 55 times while she was lying on the couch under a blanket.
Hupp then dipped the victim’s socks in his blood and spread them around the house to frame Russell for killing him in a home invasion, prosecutors say.
Russell arrived home to find his wife’s body in a pool of blood and called 911, telling the operator ‘my wife killed herself’ after talking about taking her own life during her battle with cancer.
The investigation quickly focused on Russell despite him having an alibi for his murder.
He was charged and, at his murder trial, Hupp became the star witness who helped secure his conviction.
Detectives have been criticized for not handling the initial investigation and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department last year reached a $2 million settlement with Russell for his wrongful conviction.
Source: | dailymail.co.uk