Renée Zellweger Talked About Wearing A Fat Suit To Play Pam Hupp In NBC’s “The Thing About Pam”
For a nation filled with fatties (myself included), we sure hate to see them in the movies or on TV unless they are villains played by our most prestigious hunky British actors (for the men) or our thinnest, most glamorous blond actresses (for the ladies). That seems unlikely to change anytime soon, but at least we are starting to have that conversation. Sarah Paulson, who played Linda Tripp in Impeachment: American Crime Story, was the most recent actress to sit in the padded hot-seat to answer for her rubbery crimes. Now it’s Renée Zellweger’s turn to try to explain why America hates looking at fat women unless they are actually thin women committing rubbery crimes.
Renée stars in The Thing About Pam, the upcoming NBC limited series based on a Dateline podcast of the same name, in which she clownishly portrays murderer Pam Hupp. And judging from the trailer, she should be testifying at The Hague for her crimes instead of to Entertainment Tonight. Renée didn’t actually touch on the controversy of casting thin actors to play anybody over a size 4, but she did say that the facial prosthetics and fat suit she wore to play Pam were critical to the story. In other words, unlike Sarah, she regrets nothing!
“The idea is to be accurate, the idea is accuracy,” the Bridget Jones’s Diary star said of why she chose to wear the sometimes-daunting prosthetic. “I think, especially in the case of telling this story, it was really important to as closely resemble Pam Hupp as we possibly could, because she seems so familiar, she seems like someone that we recognize, and we know.”
“In order for you to better understand how possible it might be that people would project onto her who they are sure that she might be or what kind of person she might, it just seemed really important that we got as close to that as we could,” she continued.
Renée’s so thin, even her words are salad! Personally, I had no idea what Pam Hupp looked like before seeing the trailer, and I still had no idea what she looked like when it was over. Because I just knew in my heart of hearts that this 63-year-old Slurpee swilling Missouri murderess does not look anything like Judy Garland in a puffer coat with a couple of slices of bologna strategically glued to her neck and chin. Here’s the trailer in case you missed it:
It’s the nose for me. And the parched lips. Fat people use lip balm too dammit! And the juxtaposition between Renée and the normal looking older actresses she’s playing against in the trailer, is giving me uncanny Sonic The Hedgehog vibes. Before they fixed his teeth. She looks out of place like Eeyore walking around Disneyland killing time until his break so he can take off his fucking head. Here’s what the actual Pam looked like at the time of her arrest and trial.
The truer story behind NBC's true-crime miniseries about St. Charles County murderer Pam Hupp https://t.co/x1U8UncFPk
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) March 3, 2022
SMH, all that makeup and rubber and what’s actually missing is the AT-TI-TUDE. I’m afraid Renée simply does not have the range! I guess until such time as we start giving talented average and plus-size actresses prestigious roles, so they can earn those trophies, which in turn will open up opportunities for them to have a little fun gobbling up the scenery playing oversized personalities like Pam Hupp, we’re just going to have to be content with thin lady scraps stuffed in a 50 pound silicone bag.