Renee Zellweger puts on ‘fat suit’ to play convicted murderer Pam Hupp in The Thing About Pam

Renee Zellweger was completely unrecognizable when she filmed an outdoor scene for her upcoming true crume series The Thing About Pam on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Oscar winner was spotted on set as she played the convicted killer Pam Hupp while wearing a fat suit and layers of makeup and facial prosthetics.

Hupp, 63, is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole after she pleaded guilty to the murder of a mentally disabled man named Louis Gumpenberger, though she has been charged with the murder of her neighbor from years earlier.

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Unrecognizable: Renee Zellweger looked completely unlike herself when she filmed an outdoor scene for her upcoming true crume series The Thing About Pam on Wednesday. The 52-year-old Oscar winner was spotted on set as she played the convicted killer Pam Hupp while wearing a fat suit and layers of makeup and facial prosthetics

Renee looked completely different from her usual self thanks to the costuming and the prosthetics to help her play an older woman.

She was considerably larger thanks to the padded suit to make her look heavier. 

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She was seen filming the scene in a baby blue, white and lavender windbreaker, which she wore with black flared sweatpants.

The clothes hugged her extra padding, and she rounded out the costume with a pair of blue Asics trainers. 

Dark tale: Hupp, 63, is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole after she pleaded guilty to the murder of a mentally disabled man named Louis Gumpenberger, though she has been charged with the murder of her neighbor from years earlier

Transformed: Renee looked unrecognizable from her usual self thanks to the costuming and the prosthetics to help her play an older woman. She was considerably larger thanks to the padded suit to make her look heavier

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

Renee had her blond tresses styled into a bob similar to the one worn by Hupp, though the convicted murder has more recently been seen with long gray hair after being imprisoned.

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.

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.  

Controversial: 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

Criticism: 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

Regrets: 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’

Making amends: In an August interview with the Los Angeles Times, Paulson 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

Tight: She was seen filming the scene in a baby blue, white and lavender windbreaker, which she wore with black flared sweatpants. The clothes hugged her extra padding, and she rounded out the costume with a pair of blue Asics trainers.

New look: 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

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. 

During her scene on Wednesday, Zellwegger appeared to be setting up some Christmas decorations outside with the help of another actor.

The scene appeared to be somewhat comical, as she and the other male actor were seen carrying a Santa Claus mannequin by its head and feet, as if they were moving a dead body.

After they got the eerily lifelike Christmas decoration on its feet next to a giant candy cane, the Bridget Jones’ Diary star was seen kneeling down as she adjusted it.

She appeared to be smoothing out its red suit and pulling up its pants. 

New nose: She also seemed to wear a prosthetic nose to make it appear wider and flatter

Decorating: During her scene on Wednesday, Zellwegger appeared to be setting up some Christmas decorations outside with the help of another actor

Heavy lifting: The scene appeared to be somewhat comical, as she and the other male actor were seen carrying a Santa Claus mannequin by its head and feet, as if they were moving a dead body

Surreal scene: The two lifted the mannequin up near a giant candy cane

Setting it up: After they got the eerily lifelike Christmas decoration on its feet next to a giant candy cane, the Bridget Jones’ Diary star was seen kneeling down as she adjusted it

Adjustment: She appeared to be smoothing out its red suit and pulling up its pants

Winter wonderland: In order to achieve a fake winter look, snow had been brought in to dot the lawn

In order to achieve a fake winter look, snow had been brought in to dot the lawn.

The scene appeared to take on a more sinister tone when police officers were spotted on set.

It wasn’t clear if the two were actors or actual officers, though they were unmasked, whereas the rest of the crew wore masks in compliance with Covid-19 safety procedures.

Earlier this month, Zellweger was spotted filming a scene in which Hupp walked out of a convenience store while sipping on a large soda.

She appeared to have the same padded suit on, though her puffy jacket and jeans disguised it more than her relatively revealing costume from Wednesday.

During her down time, the actress was seen removing her windbreaker, exposing the long sleeves of the tan suit underneath.

It also had a tan collar which appeared to ride up past Zellweger’s tank top at times before it was pushed back down.  

Crime story: The scene appeared to take on a more sinister tone when police officers were spotted on set

Unmasked: It wasn’t clear if the two were actors or actual officers, though they were unmasked, whereas the rest of the crew wore masks in compliance with Covid-19 safety procedures

Staying busy: Earlier this month, Zellweger was spotted filming a scene in which Hupp walked out of a convenience store while sipping on a large soda

Costume change: She appeared to have the same padded suit on, though her puffy jacket and jeans disguised it more than her relatively revealing costume from Wednesday

‘Fat suit’: During her down time, the actress was seen removing her windbreaker, exposing the long sleeves of the tan suit underneath

Disturbing: In July of this year, the real-life Hupp pleaded not guilty to the murder of her friend Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria, who was brutally stabbed 55 times in 2011

In July of this year, the real-life Hupp 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.

Financial gain: 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.

Reversal: Russ Faria was convicted of her murder in 2013, only to have the conviction overturned as police turned their suspicions toward Hupp

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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Renee Zellweger’s famous movie transformations

From Judy Garland to Bridget Jones – Renee Zellweger has proven herself to be one of Hollywood’s most versatile leading A-list stars over her glittering career that has seen her pick up no less than two Academy Awards. 

After finding mainstream success in Hollywood with hits like Empire Records, Jerry Maguire and Me, Myself & Irene under her belt – Renee’s career really took off after impressing audiences with her British accent in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary. 

‘What I love the most about Bridget is her vulnerability and her openness,” Zellweger said about the character in 2016. 

Iconic role: She famously gained almost 30lbs to play Bridget Jones for the 2001 romantic comedy – and even said in an interview that the continued yo-yo dieting for the film series had lead to panic attacks

‘I love that she makes it O.K. to be imperfect. That makes me root and cheer for her every time. Like all of us, she has evolved. She is more inclined to listen to her own intuition, and she has matured a little bit.’

However, it was her physical transformation that really caught people’s attention, after she adopted a 4,000-a-day calorie diet to fill her shoes. It ended up scoring her an Oscar nomination. 

She then shrunk down to a muscular-slim frame to play the iconic role of Roxy Hart in the musical Chicago. 

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Iconic: Chicago first hit Broadway in 1975 and there was a lot riding on the success of the movie. Renee later admitted that she found the process ‘terrifying’ though she won plaudits from audiences and critics alike

Chicago first hit Broadway in 1975 and there was a lot riding on the success of the movie. 

Renee later admitted that she found the process ‘terrifying’ though she won plaudits from audiences and critics alike. 

That same year, she also transformed into the dowdy Ruby Thewes in the epic drama Cold Mountain, that finally won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. 

Another transformation: She played the dowdy Ruby Thewes in the epic drama Cold Mountain, that finally won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2003 

She followed that up with impressive roles including starring opposite Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man, and playing Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter. 

She had less luck with the thriller Case 39 and the romantic comedy New In Town – with neither vehicles setting the box office alight. 

After spending a few years on the outside of a big hit, Renee really pulled it off when she stepped into the heels of Judy Garland, that would win her a second Oscar, for the 2019’s biopic Judy. 

What a comeback: Renee won her second Oscar playing Judy Garland in the biopic Judy 

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