EXCLUSIVE: Renee Zellweger is treated to lunch by boyfriend Ant Anstead while dressed in frumpy ‘fat suit’… as she continues filming crime series about convicted murderer Pam Hupp
They’ve been head-over-heels for one another since their romance began this past summer.
And Ant Anstead still looked smitten while visiting girlfriend Renee Zellweger on the set of her new film The Thing About Pam in New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday.
The Wheeler Dealers host, 42, treated his darling to lunch during a brief break from the shoot, which had Renee, 53, donning a padded suit and facial prosthetics to play murderess Pam Hutt.
VIP visitor: Renee Zellweger looked happy to have her boyfriend Ant Anstead visit her while working on her movie The Thing About Pam in New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday. She’s been sporting a padded suit and face prosthetics to play convicted murderer Pam Hutt
Cool: Ant was casual for his stop by set, seen donning a dusty blue tee shirt and matching pants
Continuing the look, Zellweger had on a striped shirt and loose jeans over the ‘fat suit.’ She slipped on a pair of bright running shoes while her hair was styled into a choppy, straw-hued blonde bob.
Later the star tossed on a deep red sweater as the evening chill crept in.
Renee’s physical transformation didn’t just extend to her padded suit, but also included significant amounts of makeup and facial prosthetics to give her a fuller face and deeper wrinkles than she normally has.
She also seemed to wear a prosthetic nose to make it appear wider and flatter.
Transformation: Renee, 53, was donning a padded suit and facial prosthetics to play murderess Pam Hutt
Bobbed: Renee had her blond tresses styled into a bob similar to the one worn by Hupp (R), though the convicted murder has more recently been seen with long gray hair after being imprisoned
Treat: The Wheeler Dealers host, 42, treated his darling to lunch during a brief break from the shoot
Safety first: He kept on a black face mask for the majority of his visit, but was seen pulling it down briefly to reveal his pearly white smile
Gentleman: The English TV personality carried onto a boxed lunch, drink and tablet for his love as they made their way to her trailer for some private time
Ant was casual for his stop by set, seen donning a dusty blue tee shirt and matching pants. He kept on a black face mask for the majority of his visit, but was seen pulling it down briefly to reveal his pearly white smile.
The English TV personality carried onto a boxed lunch, drink and tablet for his love as they made their way to her trailer for some private time.
Although the acclaimed actress was wearing a ‘fat suit’ to get into character, the use of the prosthetics has been heavily criticized by body positivity activists, who claim they are primarily used to mock fat people.
The use of the padding has also been called out because it allows thin actors to play characters of any weight, while larger actors are denied roles that are considered traditionally attractive and are also shut out of playing fat characters.
Plus-size writer Sarah Alexander told Metro.co.uk: ‘A fat suit has always been a way of mocking fat people no matter who wears it, even if it is for an acting role.’
‘Actors that have previously worn them (Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Paulson) have admitted they regret their choice in wearing one and that it causes harm.
Easy: Zellweger had on a striped shirt and loose jeans over the ‘fat suit’ on bright running shoes on foot
Warming up: Later the star tossed on a deep red sweater as the evening chill crept in
Slipper time: Between takes the Oscar winner donned a pair of slippers and socks
Critical: Although the acclaimed actress was wearing a ‘fat suit’ to get into character, the use of the prosthetics has been heavily criticized by body positivity activists, who claim they are primarily used to mock fat people
‘There are plenty of incredibly talented plus-size actresses that could have been hired for the role instead of Zellweger. Why were they overlooked and a fat suit considered a viable option?
‘For Zellweger to masquerade as a plus-size person is damaging, fatphobic and potentially triggering to other plus-size people. It seems like she has not considered the effects this will have on fat people, and is unaware and/or naïve that she is adding to the stigma fat people already face on a daily basis.’
Zellweger has experience playing bigger characters, having gained weight for her role in Bridget Jones’ Diary, but for that role she physically gained 30lbs instead of using prosthetics and padding.
Sarah Paulson recently came under fire for using a padded suit to play Linda Tripp in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
In an August interview with the Los Angeles Times, she expressed regrets about wearing the suit and added: ‘I think fatphobia is real. I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm.’
Courteney Cox and Neil Patrick Harris have also been previously criticized for using fat suits in flashbacks for their characters on Friends and How I Met Your Mother, respectively.
Mocking: Plus-size writer Sarah Alexander told Metro.co.uk of the part, ‘A fat suit has always been a way of mocking fat people no matter who wears it, even if it is for an acting role’
Cheery: Ant looked cheery while talking to part of the film crew
Body double: Also on set was the body double for Katy Mixon, who plays victim Betsy Faria in the project
In the past: Zellweger has experience playing bigger characters, having gained weight for her role in Bridget Jones’ Diary, but for that role she physically gained 30lbs instead of using prosthetics and padding
As for the real-life Hupp, this past July she pleaded not guilty to the murder of her friend Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria, who was brutally stabbed 55 times in 2011.
Prosecutors claim that the convicted killer murderer Faria just days after she talked her in to naming Hupp as the beneficiary of her $150,000 life insurance policy.
Hupp was the last person seen with Faria when she drove her home after Faria got a chemotherapy treatment and visited her mother.
Faria’s husband Russ was gone for the day, but when he returned home that evening he found it covered in blood, and Betsy had been stabbed numerous times.
She had lacerations on her arms that went down to the bone, and a knife was lodged in her neck when he found her, while another blade was found near her body.
Russ Faria was convicted of her murder in 2013, only to have the conviction overturned as police turned their suspicions toward Hupp.
She later pleaded guilty to shooting to death a disabled man named Louis Gumpenberger in 2016 and is currently serving life in prison, though in July of this year she was also charged with the murder of Besty Faria.
Pam Hupp: The ‘serial killer’ serving life without parole after slaying a disabled man and her own friend
This year, convicted killer Pam Hupp was finally charged with the 2011 murder of her friend who she is accused of stabbing 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 a disabled man dead in 2016, appeared in court in Lincoln County, Missouri, in July for the first time over the murder of Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria.
The 62-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for Faria’s slaying back on December 27 2011.
Convicted killer 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 persuading her to switch a $150,000 life insurance policy to Hupp.
She then allegedly tried to stage the scene to make it appear that Faria’s husband Russell Faria killed her.
Russell was initially 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 where prosecutors argued Hupp was responsible.
Hupp was sentenced to life without the possibility for parole in 2019 for luring Louis Gumpenberger, 33, to her home claiming to be a producer for Dateline before shooting him dead in an elaborate plot to divert attention from herself in the Faria case.
Speculation has also swirled that she was responsible for her own mother’s fatal fall in 2013.
Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria and husband Russell Faria. Russell was wrongly convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013
The convicted killer is accused of murdering Faria, her friend and coworker at State Farm, to get her hands on her $150,000 life insurance.
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 killing.
Faria was suffering from cancer at the time of her murder and was undergoing chemotherapy.
Prosecutors say Hupp gave Faria a ride home from her chemotherapy treatments on December 27 2011, knowing she would be weak and lethargic.
Hupp (left) is already serving a life sentence for shooting Louis Gumpenberger, 33, (right) dead to divert attention from herself in the Faria case
Hupp is seen in a police interview just hours after her friend Faria’s murder
She then allegedly stabbed Faria 55 times as she lay on a couch under a blanket.
Then, Hupp dipped the victim’s socks in her own blood and spread it around the house to frame Russell for killing her her in a domestic assault, prosecutors say.
Russell came home to find his wife’s body lying in a pool of blood and called 911, telling the dispatcher ‘my wife killed herself’ after she had spoken of suicide amid her terminal cancer battle.
The investigation quickly focused in on Russell despite him having an alibi for her murder.
He was charged and, at his murder trial, Hupp became a star witness who helped secure his conviction.
Investigators have since been accused of mishandling the initial investigation and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department last year reached a $2 million settlement with Russell for his wrongful conviction.
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