Rebel Wilson has been red hot this year, stealing scenes in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Bridesmaids, as well as What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and the upcoming Pitch Perfect. However, the larger than life comedian who has no problem making fun of her weight does draw that line.
Wilson spoke about hitting a limit when a scene was written that saw her character glamorizing bulimia in Bachelorette. The film is a romantic comedy that sees her starring alongside Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan, who act as her bridesmaids. Of the scene, Wilson said in an interview with the Huffington Post:
“It’s a disease that lots of people suffer with. It was really kind of glamourising bulimia, and so we decided to change it. And you see that Reagan [Kirsten Dunst’s character] in the movie obviously had had an issue with bulimia in the past.”
This is surprisingly refreshing since in all other venues of comedy Wilson is unafraid of broaching the subject of her body image in the media, and plays on it for most lines in her comedies this year. Of her shtick, Wilson said:
“As a comedian, I think, well, obviously I am overweight, and sometimes you have to use what you’ve got. Like if you’ve got a big nose and there’s a character with a big nose, you’re like, “Why not?” I’m not shy about playing characters like that. But I do like to mix it up, so I wouldn’t want all my characters to somehow be associated with being big.”
Do you think the film industry should be more aware of how they depict eating disorders?