Last summer, we heard that Renee Zellweger was bulking up in preparation to shoot Bridget Jones 3. Then Renee was photographed out twice in suspicious circumstances in which her top just happened to be billowing open to show her completely flat, still skinny stomach. After that, the news was that she was lobbying to wear a fat suit so that she wouldn’t have to gain weight. Renee was in a new relationship with Bradley Cooper and she was said to be scared to jeopardize things by getting heavier. She later denied that she had signed on for the third film, saying “I get asked that every single day and I don’t know anything. It’s like a rumor!”
According to Mike Walker in the National Enquirer, the third Bridget Jones film is a go, and Renee is trying to skirt around all the weight issues by asking that her character be made thin just like her. Walker broke the news of the Wall St. sequel and he sometimes has accurate tidbits ahead of the other outlets. Some of his stories have the strong stench of PR releases and he does run some doozies, so it’s hard to tell if this is accurate. What sounds true to me is the fact that Renee blames the demise of her relationship with rocker Jack White on the fact that she had to gain so much weight for the last Bridget Jones film: The Edge of Reason.
Renee Zellweger’s driving producers crazy over negotiations for her third “Bridget Jones’s Diary” flick, claiming docs warned her it’s unhealthy to pack on up to 30 real-life pounds again – as she famously did for the first two films – so Renee’s… insisting that this time, instead of being a zaftig everywoman, Bridget should be a diet-conscious skinny-minnie like… Renee herself! Folks, here’s the real skinny: Renee’s nagged by fear that going plump might get her butt dumped by… Bradley Cooper – just like it killed her romance with White Stripes rocker Jack White. But producers are balking, saying audiences won’t buy a skin and bones Bridget.
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, Mike Walker's column, March 1, 2010]
I sort-of feel sorry for Renee. She’s so worried about staying perfect for her new boyfriend that she’s afraid to gain a few much-needed pounds for a role. If a guy is so superficial he’ll leave you for some weight gain – especially if it was part of your job and you got paid millions for it – he’s not worth keeping! Plus, we all know that Renee will drop the weight again in less than three months.
The last Bridget Jones movie was ridiculous, but I admit that I’ll watch another one. I also agree with the alleged stance of the producers that a super tiny Bridget Jones isn’t believable. Maybe Jones can be about 15 pounds heavier than Renee and not 30, though. It’s conceivable that she would be thinner but not a super toned waif like Zellweger.
In other news, the tabloids did pick up the “Zellweger could be pregnant” story based on how she filled out a little at the Berlinale. In Touch asks “Is Renee pregnant?” and to their credit they don’t claim to have a source that she is and just point to the photos. I could go either way on that one. You can see why Renee works to stay so tiny.
Photos are from 2004′s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason thanks to AllMoviePhoto