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Anne Hathaway dedicated herself fully to her role on Les Miserables and obsessively dropped 25 pounds to play a dying prostitute. Hathaway tells Vogue about her strict diet consisting of a cleanse and then eating just dry oatmeal paste. Brutal!!
Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” she recalls. “Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”