Filmmaking / Directing : As a filmmaker, would you ask an actor to lose or gain weight for a role? by Gayle Gallagher

Gayle Gallagher

As a filmmaker, would you ask an actor to lose or gain weight for a role?

15 Pounds is Not an 'Achievement'
15 Pounds is Not an 'Achievement'
I just read a blurb in this week's Time Magazine about how Meryl Street put on 15 pounds to play the role of Julia Childs in the film "Julia & Julia" and they added this to her long list of profession…
Stage 32 Staff - Julie

This was a great share. I thought Mila Kunis's quote/response was spot on. Good for her. I think if you're a filmmaker and you have someone that requires weight loss or weight gain, it is your responsibility to help that person lose/gain responsibly. I still remember Matthew McConoghey's loss for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and that was so extreme.

JD Hartman

Of course you would. And a "real" actor would would do what was necessary to become the character needed. Think about what Christian Bale went through for his role in The Machinist.

Gayle Gallagher

And then Christian Bale had to gain it back with muscle a year later for Batman! The body changes this man has put himself through are boggling!

Gayle Gallagher

Good point, Peter!

Nathan Cowan

I think I would try to cast people already at that weight if their weight really was important to the character

Shawn Speake

Yes.

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