Renée Zellweger has undergone loads of exceptional transformations for roles all through her career, however few have been as surprising as her search for the upcoming NBC collection The Thing About Pam.
For her newest position, the Oscar winner has been photographed in facial prosthetics, a fats swimsuit and a vivid blonde wig whereas filming in New Orleans. (In October 2021, the actress’ boyfriend, Ant Anstead, was noticed visiting her on set whereas she was in costume.) The Judy actress is starring as titular character Pam Hupp within the collection, which is predicated on a Dateline NBC podcast concerning the real-life homicide of Betsy Faria.
“It goes beyond just the peculiarity of the story or the audacity of the behavior of everybody involved,” Zellweger informed Keith Morrison throughout an October 2021 Blumfest interview, explaining her curiosity within the project. “It’s sort of a glaring illustration of currently topical social issues. … It also speaks to, I guess you could call it white lady privilege in America. And also, it kinda has an interesting look at the sad invisibility of middle-aged women in America and how in the most bizarre circumstances it can work to someone’s advantage, as is probably the case in Pam Hupp’s story.”
The actual Hupp is presently serving a life sentence for the homicide of Louis Gumpenberger, however she has additionally been investigated in reference to the December 2011 loss of life of Faria. Faria’s husband, Russ Faria, was convicted of her homicide in November 2013, however he was later retried and acquitted of the costs.
In July 2021, investigators questioned Hupp about Betsy’s loss of life, later charging her with first-degree homicide. Hupp, a former life insurance coverage administrator, entered a not responsible plea.
Four days earlier than her homicide, Betsy, who had been recognized with terminal most cancers, made Hupp the beneficiary of her $150,000 life insurance coverage coverage as an alternative of her husband. Hupp was the final individual to see her alive after selecting her up from her mom’s home following a chemotherapy appointment. At the time, Hupp mentioned that she dropped Betsy off at residence round 7 p.m. whereas Russ was nonetheless at a buddy’s home. When Russ arrived residence that night time, he discovered Betsy’s physique and informed police she had died by suicide.
After Hupp was charged in reference to Betsy’s homicide, prosecutor Mike Wood mentioned that he would search the loss of life penalty within the case. “What I can say is that we have a person who not only murdered her friend, then mutilated the body, staged the scene, testified against an innocent man, and then once he was acquitted, went and murdered someone in St. Charles County to prevent herself from being considered as a suspect,” he mentioned throughout a July 2021 press convention. “I can’t pick a case more depraved than that.”
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