Tell Hollywood to Stop Risking Actors’ Health With Weight Changes

Target: Hollywood Motion Picture Industry

Goal: Stop telling actors to modify weight for roles

Anne Hathaway is just another example on the long list of celebrities that have had to gain or lose weight for a part. Though this is considered normal in Hollywood, the question must be raised: when does it go too far? Hathaway recently caught the public’s eye when she lost 25 pounds for her role in Les Miserables. The actress was so frail after her weight loss that she broke her arm while riding a bike. She has been quoted saying, “I just had to stop eating, all for a total of 13 days’ shooting.” Tell Hollywood to stop demanding that actors make changes that are unhealthy for their bodies.

Hathaway is not the only one who has been injured due to a weight change. When George Clooney put on 30 pounds for his role in Syriana, he suffered a spinal injury while filming a torture scene for the film. The excess weight caused him to tear his dura. The injury left him bed-ridden for over a month, and Clooney confessed that he contemplated suicide. Matt Damon lost around 50 pounds to play a drug addict in Courage Under Fire and claimed to have suffered health issues. He said that he didn’t have to act because he truly was a wreck, with frequent dizzy spells and hot flashes.

It is one thing to gain or lose a few pounds, but actors are often asked to make a massive change in a small amount of time. Gaining or losing weight quickly is unhealthy and puts extra stress on organs trying to keep up with the changes. These actors aren’t just stars who easily modify their appearance for a part, they are real human beings who put their body through distress and risk their health, potentially causing irreversible damage. Demand that Hollywood stop putting unhealthy demands on actors to make a large weight change for a role.


Dear Hollywood Motion Picture Industry,

The media has been paying a great deal of attention to Anne Hathaway’s dramatic weight loss of 25 pounds for Les Miserables, where she has publicly  expressed that she basically had to stop eating to shed the pounds in time for filming. She even broke her arm because she was so frail. Hathaway isn’t alone in this problem. George Clooney suffered a spinal injury due to a 30-pound weight gain for a part, and Matt Damon claimed to feel miserable when he lost 50 pounds.

Unfortunately, this has become the norm in Hollywood, and actors are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill their role. This is a problem when a person’s health is at stake. It isn’t healthy for the human body to quickly lose or gain large amounts of weight, and it puts people at risk for injuries as well. Stop putting people’s health at risk by asking them to make these huge weight transformations.


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