Apparently, it takes more than just good acting skills to play the role of a prostitute – much less the role of a dying prostitute. And we hear that Anne Hathaway has to resort to a drastic diet to lose weight to play that role.

The 29-year-old is currently a healthy size 10 but having taken up the role of “Fantine” in the movie adaptation of Les Misérables, she has also taken up a “500 calories a day” crash diet. Just so that she’d be able to pull off a more realistic portrayal of a hungry, dying prostitute.


A film source said, “Unfortunately, Anne only has 15 to 20 days to lose as much weight as possible – up to a stone-and-a-half. Because she’s been filming the scenes showing her fit and healthy, almost slightly chubby. It’s not ideal but, as with any high budget movie, there are strict time constaints.”

Mind you, the recommended daily allowance of calories for a normal person per day is (and should be) 2,000. You do the math.

The producers have assigned her a personal trainer on top of the crazy crash dieting and we also hear that there are doctors to keep a close eye on the actress during the short-term diet.

We know she’s no stranger to losing weight for her movie roles – she has previously “forced” weight loss to fit into an unforgiving catsuit to play “Catwoman” in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” and also for her nerd-plus-geek-turned-socialite “Andrea Sachs” part in “The Devil Wears Prada”. But we truly hope she survives this without falling horribly ill!

In any case, here’s a (more light-hearted compared to this shocking piece of news) clip of Anne Hathaway singing a parody of Les Misérables’ “On My Own”:

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