Renée Zellweger can never seem to find the Goldilocks zone when it comes to her looks, at least to the general public. When she was first cast in "Bridget Jones's Diary," she was considered too thin to play Helen Fielding's (also British) character. In the sequel, there was talk that maybe she had gained too much weight. In the past year or so, there's been a lot of chatter about the actress's face not quite looking the same. And now the cast of "Bridget Jones's Baby" is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, with a story explaining why Renee's Bridget is so skinny in the new movie, which comes out September 16, 2016.
Here's what director Sharon Maguire told Entertainment Weekly:
We all really loved the notion that Bridget, 15 years on, had finally reached her ideal weight ... somewhere between a UK size 10 or 12 ... but still hadn't solved any of her issues about love and loneliness. I think that one of the reasons the first film worked was not just because of the comedy but because people identified with Bridget's fear of loneliness. It's a universal fear. It's still a prominent theme in the character's journey even in the third film, and an integral point of access for the audience to empathize with Bridget."
Having Bridget be a little bit heavier was also a way for people to identify with her, since most of us are closer to Old School Bridg than New School. But having her finally reach her goal weight right before gaining pregnancy weight offers its own comedic potential. Plus, if Bridget is still Bridget, fans should still love her at any size.
EW explained that, in this round, Bridget is a successful producer of a serious news program when she discovers she's pregnant. However, she doesn't know if the father is her off-and-on again lover Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or newbie Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). It's kind of sad to think that Bridget and Mark are still off-and-on ... but at least he's not dead in this version. If they pull a Maury with the paternity test, we're gonna have to root for Team Mark.
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