Cattrall Shocked By Her Fat Film Role
Kim Cattrall was "shocked" watching herself as a washed-up prostitute in new movie Meet Monica Velour - because she piled on the pounds for the role. The actress was told to gain weight because director Keith Bearden was determined to change the audience's view of the Sex and the City star.
Cattrall tells NYMag.com, "(Bearden) was very adamant about me gaining a lot of weight. He wanted me to gain like 35 pounds! Really, just for health reasons I couldn't do that. I also didn't have enough time to do it safely with a doctor's care. But what I did was I put on fifteen pounds, and that was comfortable. I could do that. I just didn't exercise at all."
The 53 year old insists she's pleased with the completed film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, even though she was stunned by her appearance onscreen.
She adds, "(It was) terrifying, really. Most of the time as an actress, you want to look desirable, you want to be pretty, you want to be sexy, you want to be lit properly - whereas here there were days when I didn't even have any make-up on. There were days when they actually changed the light to make me look harder and more overweight or just more f**ked up. I didn't see the dailies (daily footage) on it because I thought, 'You know, I've made a stand here that I'm gonna do this in a very truthful way, and if I look at them they might scare me.' But I felt the movie was very truthful... When I first saw the film I was in a bit of a shock because I didn't see myself. I couldn't find my spirit. Mine. Kim's. I felt it was so totally someone else, and a lot of it was really scary to look at." (PAW/WNWC/LR)
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