Anne Hathaway on `two apple a day` diet for film role

London: Anne Hathaway is reportedly on a crash diet of just 500 calories a day - as compared to the recommended dietary allowance of 2000 - in order to look the part for her role as Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’. She has been ordered by movie executives to shed 16lb in less than 20 days so director Tom Hooper can shoot the tragic character’s deathbed scenes.

The ‘Devil Wears Prada’ star, 29, is currently a size 10, which has been fine for shooting scenes before single mum and prostitute Fantine falls gravely ill.

“Anne is playing a destitute factory worker-come-lady of the night,” a leading daily has quoted a source as saying.

“Unfortunately, she only has 15 to 20 days to lose as much weight as possible – up to a stone-and-a-half – because she’s been filming the scenes showing her fit and healthy, almost slightly chubby. It’s not ideal but, as with any high-budget movie, there are strict time constraints. Producers have assigned her a personal trainer and she is literally eating nothing more than a couple of apples a day, and some protein – mainly in the form of a shake,” the source added.

By the end of filming Hathaway will be an emaciated size six.

“Anne knows the risk of such an extreme diet and will undergo weekly medicals to make sure everything is still functioning as it should do,” the source said.

The movie is based on the hit West End musical and also stars Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. The cast began filming early this month for the film which is due to hit cinemas in December.