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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Hathaway and Jackman swapped dieting woe

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway has recalled bonding over strict movie diets with her latest co-star Hugh Jackman.

The actress had to lose a staggering 25 pounds for her role in the hotly-anticipated musical movie Les Misérables. Anne went to extreme lengths to play the role of disease-stricken prostitute Fantine, eating just two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day for two weeks. Hugh had to drop 30 pounds for his part in the film and the stars supported each other by swapping diet sob stories.

"I can have half a potato for my next meal!" Anne has recalled she told Hugh while on set one day.

Anne revealed the story at director Tom Hooper's series of screenings of Les Misérables at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Friday.

The audience is said to have thoroughly enjoyed the movie, applauding after each song "like it was Broadway", reports the New York Post.

Anne also had to shave her long brunette hair to play the role.

She has joked that she barely recognised herself after transforming for the film - claiming she looked more like her older sibling Michael.

"When I eventually looked in the mirror I just thought I looked like my gay brother," she said at the screening.

Over the weekend, the cast also travelled to Los Angeles for multiple screenings of the movie - with Barbra Streisand spotted in attendance at one viewing.

Les Misérables - which also stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen - is released worldwide from December.

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