Charlize Theron was criticised by a movie financier after she gained weight to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.
The 44-year-old underwent a dramatic physical transformation for the 2003 drama, and in a new interview, she revealed that she was sent into a panic when she got a phone call at 3am from a disgruntled financier.
"As soon as I started gaining weight, I had one of the financiers call me up. Actually, his wife saw me, and she was like, 'Did you see Charlize? Have you seen what she looks like?' And I got that call, like, 'What's going on with that?'" she told The Hollywood Reporter during a producers roundtable discussion.
"He was like, 'What are you doing? You never smiled. You look so angry, you look horrible,'" Charlize, who also served as producer on the film, recalled. "So, you panic a little bit because you are putting yourself out there, and you are taking a risk, and when you do that, you are not a hundred per cent sure. You are taking a chance."
The actress also opened up about the fights she and director Patty Jenkins had with the financiers, who thought they were "basically paying for a hot lesbian movie with me and Christina Ricci".
"And initially when we went in to get our financing, it became very clear to me that there was this need for me to step in. And knowing what Patty wanted to do with it, I knew that we were going to come up against things. There were a lot of fights," she explained.
Despite the criticism, Charlize scooped a haul of honours her role as serial killer Aileen, including a Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, a Critics' Choice Award, and an Academy Award.
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