Rebel Wilson Says Sacha Baron Cohen Threatened to Sue Over Her Memoir: ‘Massive A**hole’
ManOfTheCenturyMovie News Rebel Wilson Made a ‘Conscious Decision to Look Ugly’ for Roles: ‘I Knew I Wouldn’t Be Taken Seriously Like a Cate Blanchett’

Rebel Wilson Made a ‘Conscious Decision to Look Ugly’ for Roles: ‘I Knew I Wouldn’t Be Taken Seriously Like a Cate Blanchett’



Rebel Wilson Says Sacha Baron Cohen Threatened to Sue Over Her Memoir: ‘Massive A**hole’

Rebel Wilson says she made herself “ugly” in the early parts of her acting career because it was the best way to get comedic roles. Wilson also says she was “degraded” due to her appearance, and — at least once — her weight was literally a mandate for employment.

Wilson told The Sunday Times that she had a contract clause for her breakout performance in the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy to not lose weight from 2012 to 2017. Wilson portrayed the character “Fat Amy” in the films. She said the role, in part, led to her “deliberately making myself less attractive” to achieve success in comedy.

“I wanted to make something of myself, have a great career, and make a lot of money,” Wilson said. “I knew I wouldn’t be taken seriously like a Cate Blanchett or Nicole Kidman, but I quickly realized that the bigger you were, the more audiences laughed. So I’d have my gut hanging out and wear micro-shorts onstage, no make-up, stuff that horrified my mother. It was a really conscious decision to look ugly. It was part of my plan.”

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Wilson also spoke more about the Sacha Baron Cohen beef, calling their movie “The Brothers Grimsby” the “worst” experience of her career.

Wilson recently alleged that co-star Sacha Baron Cohen, who also co-wrote and produced the 2016 film, was a “massive asshole” on set and threatened to block the release of her memoir “Rebel Rising.” Wilson further claimed that Cohen pressured her to be “naked” for a scene and even asked her to “stick your finger up my butt” for the sake of comedy.

Now, Wilson has elaborated on just how “disrespected on set” she felt, including she says being “humiliated” with revealing costumes.

“It turned out to be the worst professional experience of my career,” Wilson said, adding that she was scared to speak up and be called a “troublemaker.”

Wilson added that her costumes for the film were specifically designed to “see all the cellulite on my thighs and a top to show the fattest part of my arm…like I was something to be laughed at and degraded because of my size.”

The “Pitch Perfect” alum continued, “It’s one thing for someone who is fat to exploit their size for comedy, but it’s another for somebody else to humiliate you.”

A representative for Cohen refuted Wilson’s specific claims about the “Brothers Grimsby” set in a statement shared with IndieWire.

“While we appreciate the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage, and eyewitness accounts from those present before, during and after the production of ‘The Brothers Grimsby,’” the statement reads.

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