by Natalie Finn | Fri., Mar. 30, 2012 5:20 PM
Is Anne Hathaway engaging in some real-life hunger games?
The bright-eyed brunette has reportedly put herself on a 500-calories-a-day crash diet in order to drop 16 pounds in less than three weeks to play the doomed Fantine in the upcoming Les Misérables, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
Quelle horreur! Hathaway is already about as long and lean as they come! Then again, the pressure to be perfect for a role has plagued many a star—and she is playing a starving prostitute who's dying of consumption. Costar Hugh Jackman's looking pretty gaunt as Jean Valjean.
Hang onto your pedometers, fans, because this story is...
Hathaway's rep calls the Mail's story—which has Hathaway living on apples and protein shakes—"a huge exaggeration."
"She is losing weight for the part, but not that much," she tells E! News. "Just enough for her to look more frail, as she is playing a dying prostitute. She is consuming more than 500 calories. [The tabloids] are making something of nothing, as usual."
Les Misérables, only the latest adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic but the first based on the hit musical, hits theaters Dec. 14.
—Additional reporting by Marcus Mulick